Skoda will have a busy year as the company has multiple launches scheduled for India. However, the bigger update on the Octavia comes in the form of a facelift that is expected to arrive in India in mid-2017.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia gets split-styled headlights, with the top-end variants getting full LEDs. While design remains to be a subjective matter, the quirky front face of the Octavia facelift has received mix reactions.
It also gets a wider radiator grille. The front bumper too has been tweaked with revised lines and repositioned fog lamp housing. The silhouette remains identical to the previous model while the rear gets an updated profile with new LED lights. The multiple crease lines on the Octavia facelift give a familiar Skoda look that will also be seen on the Kodiaq SUV.
The cabin of the Skoda Octavia facelift carries the same layout but will get updates in the form of a revised instrument cluster. Most importantly, it gets an option between 6.5 and 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment systems depending on the variant.
In the international-spec Octavia facelift, Skoda offers Columbus navigation system with 64GB flash memory and optional LTE module for a high-speed Internet connection.
The safety features in the 2017 Octavia include blind spot warning and emergency brake with pedestrian detection, both of which use radar sensors. Considering the present status of radar-based safety features in India, Skoda will not carry the same in the Indian model.
Globally, Skoda offers a CNG, four TSI petrol and four TDI diesel engines on the Octavia facelift with power outputs ranging from 86PS to 184PS. While it is believed Skoda India will retain the 1.4-litre, 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines on the Octavia facelift to price the sedan competitively.
The Skoda Octavia facelift will be fabricated at the organization's Aurangabad plant. It will rival the new-gen Hyundai Elantra (Rs.13.74-20.30 lakh) and the Chevrolet Cruze (Rs.13.71-15.83 lakh). It is expected that the Skoda Octavia facelift to be estimated Rs.50,000-60,000 more than the current advertising.