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Skoda Octavia variants and engines for India detailed

Lijo Mathai  | Published: September 07, 2013, 03:53 PM IST

While Skoda unveiled the new Octavia for Indian market, they didn't mention anything about the engine options or even the number of variants for the car. Our first drive of the car will be up soon, however, before that, here is something to chew upon. The Octavia for the Indian market will come with three engines and transmission options. There is the 140PS 1.4TSi engine first seen in the Jetta albeit in a different tune, 143PS 2.0-litre TDi and the 1.8TSi from the Laura. All three engines are familiar for the Indian market, however Skoda has a trick or two up its sleeve. The 180PS 1.8TSi which was previously available internationally in the vRS trims is now here as a standard model and so is independent rear suspension. The one in the Laura made 160PS. All this power (180PS) is available at a lofty 5100-6200rpm. Torque in the meanwhile is rated at 250Nm. This particular engine is mated to a new 7-speed DSG box with Tiptronic function. Skoda claims a fuel efficiency of 14.7kmpl from the Octavia 1.8TSi. The other petrol motor, the 1.4TSi makes 140PS, up from the 123 that the Jetta makes and torque of 250Nm. Skoda is offering this engine only with a 6-speed manual tranny and claims a fuel economy of 16.8kmpl. The 143PS TDi motor gets a 3PS bump than what is made by the Laura's engine. Torque remains the same at 320Nm. A 6-speed manual and DSG transmission are on offer with this engine. Claimed fuel efficiency figures for the manual are 20.6kmpl with the auto coming in at a slightly lower 19.3kmpl.

Skoda Octavia cars lined up before the driveSkoda Octavia cars lined up before the drive

The all-new Octavia will be available in six colours with more to come later. The Racy Blue colour which was earlier on offer only with the vRS models is now standard. There is no skimping on equipment either. The three trims, Active, Ambition and Elegance will have 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. The top-of-the line gets six airbags, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, auto wipers, auto closing sunroof during rains, bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic levelling, auto headlamps with fog lights which have cornering function and plus many more.

Bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic levelling, auto headlamps with fog lights which have cornering function are part of the packageBi-xenon headlamps with dynamic levelling, auto headlamps with fog lights which have cornering function are part of the package

Skoda is ready for dominance in the C+ segment with the new Octavia. Only if they price it right that is. On the sidelines, the 1.8TSi engine has been discontinued from the Laura range and will be available only with the vRS.

Skoda is ready for dominance in the C+ segment with the new OctaviaSkoda is ready for dominance in the C+ segment with the new Octavia

Expect the new Octavia prices to start from Rs 11.5 lakh to Rs 16.5 lakh, ex-Maharashtra.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 15.99 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
143
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
19.5 Kmpl

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