Skoda India got off to promising beginning in 2020, uncovering the Vision IN fair size SUV idea and exhibiting the Karoq, just as a heap of updates to its current range at Auto Expo 2020. Notwithstanding, similar to every other person, the Czech carmaker, as well, has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and has affirmed it has been compelled to postpone its new model dispatches, including that of the all-new Octavia, which was initially scheduled for October 2020.
On the #LiveWithAutocar talk on Instagram, Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, stated, “Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our arrangements, and the dispatch of the new Octavia will be postponed; it could now happen right off the bat in 2021.”
The current-gen Octavia – which has been marked down since 2013 – was not moved up to meet the BS6 emanation standards as the new-gen model was expected just a couple of months after the fact. Presently, in any case, it’s sure that a key item will be missing from Skoda’s India line-up for the remainder of the year. This implies the main models in the fragment will be the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic, presently that the Toyota Corolla Altis has likewise been ended.
Reacting to a watcher’s inquiry during the live visit, Hollis included that while the new Octavia will just get the 190hp, 2.0-liter TSI turbo-petroleum motor at dispatch, the organization could take a gander at offering more motor alternatives going ahead. Much the same as the active age – which was propelled with a 1.4-liter TSI motor on the base model – the passage level variation of the new Octavia, as well, is required to accompany a 1.5-liter TSI (which will likewise control the Volkswagen Group’s up and coming moderate size SUVs). Abroad, the new Octavia gets a 1.5 TSI motor mated to a 6-speed manual, and India will probably get a similar combo. The 2.0 TSI, in the mean time, is combined with a 7-speed DSG programmed.
To recap a few features of the new Octavia: it depends on an improved variant of the Group’s MQB stage, and is longer and more extensive than its ancestor, with increasingly inside space and a greater boot. The inside is all new as well, and highlights the Virtual Cockpit computerized instrument group, an enormous touchscreen infotainment framework, three-zone atmosphere control and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Throughout the years, Skoda’s aftersales administration has been a zone of grievance for some clients, and it is something the organization has concentrated on, and will keep on concentrating on going ahead, alongside improving its essence the nation over, included Hollis.
“We’ve been in India for quite a while now and have a positive brand picture. What I’m taking a shot at right presently is improving our seller organize and furthermore the range of our system. At present, we have around 80 deals and administration touchpoints in the nation, yet to have great nearness, we’re hoping to take that number up to 200 throughout the following three years. Another territory of center for us is decreasing possession costs. We’ve discounted parts costs in the course of the most recent two years and will keep on lessening them further throughout the following a year,” he said.
Image Source: Google