The fourth generation Octavia will come with plug-in hybrid option along with petrol and diesel engines, it is likely to make its global debut next year
Skoda is currently working on the fourth generation of the Octavia and it is expected to make its debut early next year. The new model is going to be based on the MQB platform and the sedan will share lots of components with the upcoming eight generation Volkswagen Golf. The new Octavia will be lighter than the current model.
For the first time, Skoda will offer a plug-in hybrid variant with Octavia. But the first PHEV model from Skoda will be the upcoming new Skoda Superb. The introduction of the plug-in hybrid system will improve the efficiency of new Octavia. To meet the new emission norms, the RS version of Octavia will also take the hybrid route, which is disappointing for enthusiasts.
The design theme of Octavia will be similar to new generation Skoda models like the Kamiq and Scala as the front get signature grille of Skoda along with new LED headlamps and LED fog lamps with a new bumper. The rear view mirrors will be placed on mirrors to reduce drag and the rear will get new LED tail lamps.
The interior design could also take inspirations from Scala hatchback but we can expect the quality of materials to be much better than the premium hatchback. The Octavia will be packed with lots of features like digital instrument cluster, touch screen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, leather seats etc.
Globally the company will offer lots of different petrol and diesel engines with the option of manual and DSG gearbox options. The high-performance version of Octavia, which is the RS model is expected to arrive after some time and it might get new powerful engines from the VW group with the hybrid system.
The India launch of new Octavia could take place in 2021 and the engine options might not change much. But the 2.0 L diesel engine and 1.4 petrol engines on current Octavia will be updated to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. The competition for Octavia will heat up soon with the arrival of new Civic this month followed by new Corolla and Elantra.
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