The new Skoda Octavia was launched yesterday at a starting price of Rs. 13.95 Lakhs, ex-showroom New Delhi. The new Skoda Octavia is currently the only car sold in India built on VW’s MQB platform. The MQB platform has enabled Skoda to build an Octavia that is longer, wider yet lighter. The Octavia though, has a more affordable torsion bar suspension at the rear compared to the VW Golf Mk7′s more sophisticated multilink coil springs with telescopic dampers. The Octavia also brings Skoda’s D-segment offering closer to more consumers with a starting price of Rs. 13.95 Lakhs with the 1.4 TSI engine, going all the way up to Rs. 18.25 Lakhs for the 1.8 TSI AT model and Rs 19.45 Lakhs for the 2.0 TDI AT diesel.
Talking about the return of the Octavia to India, Mr. Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, ŠKODA Auto India said, “The Octavia had launched ŠKODA back in 2001 and today the Indian market is a critical component in ŠKODA’s global plans. The launch of the new Octavia marks a milestone for ŠKODA India as well reiterates its strong commitment to the Indian market. We, at ŠKODA are excited to launch the new Octavia and are confident that it will revolutionize its segment compelling the customers to expect more. Octavia’s arrival into the Indian market also kicks off a five year strategy for ŠKODA which will make the customers the brand’s primary focus in addition to our long-standing reputation for making great products.”
ŠKODA has also launched a comprehensive ownership package for the new Octavia which includes ŠKODA’s Road Side Assistance; Service & Maintenance Packages; and an Extended Warranty programme. The customers can also opt for a service cost calculator which has been developed to ensure that they have an idea about their service bill beforehand. This initiative provides the customer with an estimate of the service cost, thereby reducing the ambiguity on the service billing. With the online service appointment option and a ŠKODA Service APP for Android and iOS which enables a customer to search for authorized service centre in any part of the country and contact them with a single click; ŠKODA has provided a complete array of customer care services to support the launch of the new Octavia.
Speaking about the new Octavia, Mr. Paweł Szuflak, Director, Sales & Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India said, “The new Octavia is our attempt to make the best car in its class and we are confident that it will redefine standards in its segment. By virtue of being built on the Group’s MQB platform, the new Octavia is larger and yet lighter than its predecessors. A joy to look at and a greater joy to drive, the new Octavia is sure to captivate the hearts and minds in India. Octavia will be a sheer delight for the customers who have an affinity for premium-ness and quality combined with excellent price value proposition.”
Active 1.4 TSI (Petrol) Rs. 1,395,000
Ambition 1.4 TSI (Petrol) Rs. 1,495,000
Elegance 1.8 TSI AT (Petrol) Rs. 1,825,000
Active 2.0 TDI CR (Diesel) Rs. 1,555,000
Ambition 2.0 TDI CR (Diesel) Rs. 1,655,000
Ambition 2.0 TDI CR AT (Diesel) Rs. 1,755,000
Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT (Diesel) Rs. 1,945,000