Skoda Octavia third-gen to be discontinued.
Czech carmaker will not upgrade current engines with BS6-compliance.
Fourth-gen model to launch in late-2020.
Will likely get a new 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine.
Given the upcoming stringent BS6 emission norms, the Czech carmaker will be pulling the plug on the current-gen Octavia in India, as upgrading the current engines for a short period of time until the next-gen model arrives in the country, is not a viable option.
To top it off, the decline in total sales in the D-segment sedan also plays a pivotal role in Skoda’s decision. The current market trend is hovering around SUVs, and at Skoda Octavia’s ex-showroom starting price of Rs 15.99 lakh, you get a handful of options.
As of now, Skoda offers the Octavia in India with a 1.4-liter TSI (150PS/250Nm), a 1.8-liter TSI (180PS/250Nm) and a 2.0-liter TDI (143PS/320Nm) engine options. The 1.8-liter turbo-petrol unit is being replaced with Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine globally and is the same powertrain that will make it to the Indian-spec next-gen Octavia in 2020.
The 2020 Octavia might just be evolutionary over the outgoing model in terms of the overall design, but the car is packed to the brim with features and gets a plethora of different drivetrains as well.
The D-segment sedan comes with three petrol engines: a 1.0-liter TSI rated at 110PS/200Nm, a 1.5-liter TSI that churns out 150PS/250Nm, and a 2.0-liter TSI unit which makes 190PS power and 230Nm torque. The diesel engine will be globally available in three different states of tune: 115PS, 150PS, and 200PS.
We also earlier reported that Skoda is planning to re-launch the Octavia RS in India next year. The Czech carmaker will be importing 200 completely built units (CBU) of the Euro-spec Octavia RS, unlike the previous batch which came with a detuned engine as compared to the international model.
Powering the Octavia RS is a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine that produces 245PS of power, 370Nm torque, and comes mated to a 7-speed DSG.