Czech automaker Skoda has been readying the fourth-generation Octavia for its launch in the Indian market. Initially, the plan was to introduce the premium mid-size sedan in late April 2021. However, that may not happen due to the lockdown in Maharashtra, which is slated to last up till April 30. This can be surmised from tweets made by Zac Hollis, Director, Sales & Marketing at Skoda Auto India. Answering questions raised by interested buyers (presumably), Zac Hollis stated that the company is reviewing the situation before finalizing its next move. Built on Volkswagen’s MQB EVO platform and rivaling the Hyundai Elantra, the 2021 Skoda Octavia will be manufactured at the marque’s Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra.
Thanks to its larger dimensions over the previous model, the 2021 Octavia promises even more interior space. Furthermore, Skoda has revised the exterior styling of the fourth-generation Octavia, so it now looks contemporary yet mature. At the front, the butterfly grille has been enlarged by a bit and gets a thick chrome surround. Meanwhile, the quad-headlamp setup found in the previous-gen Octavia has made way for slimmer full-LED units that add to the new car’s sleeker fascia. Other visual changes on the 2021 Octavia include redesigned front & rear bumpers, reprofiled LED tail lamps, new alloy wheels, and prominent ‘Skoda’ branding on the bootlid.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia gets safety gear such as six airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System, ABS with EBD, and Hill Hold Assist. Meanwhile, the cabin scores tri-zone automatic climate control, power-operated front seats, LED mood lighting, a wireless charger, and an electric sunroof. Furthermore, the new Octavia also gets a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display plus a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. The interior of the 2021 Skoda Octavia definitely looks premium, while the materials used and the overall design surely makes a big impact. There’s little doubt, the 2021 Octavia’s cabin ambiance and ride quality will very likely be superior to that of most crossovers and SUVs in the same price category.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that puts out 187hp and 320Nm of torque. Driving the front wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, this motor will be more than adequate for most people. With the Hyundai Elantra being the only direct rival in this space, the new Skoda Octavia seems to have more than enough to take on the Korean. By now, units of the 2021 Octavia have already started arriving at Skoda dealerships across the country. Obviously, with Maharashtra under lockdown, there will not be any test drives available at least till the end of April.