New Skoda Octavia will feature a virtual cockpit
Skoda has introduced its fourth generation of the highest-selling car, the Octavia. it is for the first time Skoda Octavia got the plug-in hybrid system. The company calls Octavia, its heart and engine models as most of its sales come from this single model, globally. New MK4 version will provide more interior space as well as boot space, and better functionality. There is no compromise on the safety and comfort in the fourth generation Octavia.
As you notice, the new Skoda Octavia is in most elegant looking avatar. It gets full LED all around with full-matrix LED tech available as an option. The split headlight design has been ditched for the more stylish full LED headlamp assembly and same goes for the taillights too. This time, the Octavia gets a lower coupe-styled roof which makes it look more sporty.
New premium sedan is 19mm longer and 15mm wider which explains better interior and boot space of 600 litres which is 10 litres more than the current version. The next level of comfort can be explained with the availability of optional ‘Ergo’ seats which will take care of passenger’s back. Top variant will get ventilation in the seats with a massager for more comfort.
Coming to the dashboard, the new Octavia has 8-inch or 10-inch (variant wise) touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control. There is a digital assistant in the system which is names Laura by the company. In terms of the instrument cluster, the car gets a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit along with a HUD (Head’s up Display). However, the virtual cockpit will be available only in the top variants of the new Octavia.
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As a new trend, Skoda has included various connectivity features in the car within inbuilt eSIM. All the audio and phone connectivity can only be done via the USB-C type port.
There is three-zone climate control, two for front and one zone for the rear. The driver might utmost comfort with predictive cruise control, predictive pedestrian and cyclist protection. But one cannot be certain whether all the features will make it to the Indian version or not.
Coming to the powertrain, new Skoda Octavia gets 1.0-litre turbo petrol which puts 110bhp. Along with it, there is a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine which pumps out 150bhp. These both engines will be available with a mild-hybrid system whereas the plug-in hybrid system will get only 1.0-litre turbo petrol paired to 103bhp electric motor. The largest petrol unit being the 2.0-litre TSI engine which belts out 190bhp and will be paired to a 7-speed DSG auto box.
Speaking about the diesel engine, there will be only one option available, ie. 2.0-litre unit. However, this engine will have three different tune – 200bhp, 150bhp, and 115bhp. Only the 200bhp version will have DSG and others being a manual transmission. There will be no plug-in hybrid system on the diesel engine.
In India, it is expected that Skoda will the petrol variant only, as BS6 diesel engine would be very expensive and can cross Rs 30 lakh mark. Next year when the Skoda Octavia