2020 Skoda Octavia unveiled globally.

Has a number of engine and gearbox options.

Most won’t make it to India.

The diesel launch for India is unlikely initially.

RS model will debut later.

Skoda has taken the wraps off the latest generation of Octavia, and as with all new generations, it has gotten bigger, better, and offers more engine options than before. The 2020 Skoda Octavia should make it to India sometime during the next calendar year, so here’s what variants we can expect.

The first variant we can expect is a petrol-powered one. With BS Vl making its appearance in April 2020, a lot of manufacturers are shying away from oil burners, which is a shame, since Octavia’s original claim to fame in the Indian market was a diesel engine. What we will get is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI motor that generates 148 bhp and 250 Nm.

These are figures identical to the current 1.4 TSI engine in the current Octavia, but it will have reduced emissions and greater fuel efficiency. Unlike the current Octavia, though, this engine will be offered with both a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox.

The 2020 Skoda Octavia also gets a 2-liter diesel engine that generates 148 bhp and 350 Nm, a 2 bhp and 20 Nm increase over the current diesel that is offered in the Indian market, but this is highly unlikely to be offered at the time of launch.

Skoda will consider launching this engine option later when the VW group with all the brands under it like Audi, VW, and Skoda, all decide to offer diesel engines in India. This diesel, if and when it launches in the Indian market, will also be offered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The new Octavia, when it is launched, will compete with the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra. It will be priced similar to them as well, from Rs 16 lakh onwards, ex-showroom.


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