The all new 2013 Skoda Octavia(Laura in India) could be unveiled in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in the second week of December, 2012. Skoda is a Czech car brand which is now owned by the Volkswagen group. The unveiling of the car in Prague will precede the global launch which could happen in March next year at the Geneva Motor Show. The above information is a courtesy Siddharth Patankar, NDTV’s Car & Bike show host, who tweeted these emerging details about the brand new Skoda sedan. In India, Skoda is expected to launch the new Octavia in late 2013, when the car will replace the current Laura in the Indian C+ segment sedan space.
2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura Front
The 2013 Octavia is based on the MQB platform and is incidentally the first Skoda car to use the brand new Volkswagen car platform which allows various car brands under the Volkswagen group to share parts and production facilities while cutting down on development time and costs. The first car to feature the MQB platform was the Audi A3 hatchback and a few weeks ago, the 2013 Volkswagen Golf hatchback became the second car to be underpinned by this global platform. So, the 2013 Octavia will be the third car in the Volkswagen group to use the MQB platform.
As regards the Indian car market, the 2013 Octavia will be the first car to be based on the MQB platform, as the Audi A3 sedan will arrive into India only in 2014 with the Golf not due for an Indian launch in the foreseeable future. By adopting the MQB platform for the 2013 Octavia, Skoda has ensured that the car gets bigger and roomier than the current version even as it reduced weight. These changes will allow Skoda to pack in more luxury features and creature comforts into the 2013 Octavia, even as the brand aims for the car to break into the “top 10 selling cars in the world” list. Though the climb to the top ten list will be steep, Skoda seems to be putting together the right car for the job in the form of the 2013 Octavia.
2013 Skoda Octavia/Laura Rear
The 2013 Octavia will come with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. For the Indian car market, both the 1.8 Liter TSI turbo petrol engine good for 160 Bhp-250 Nm and the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine which pumps out 140 Bhp-320 Nm are expected to be retained. These engines have been proven performers on a range of Volkswagen group cars, from the Audi A4s to the Skoda Superbs. Transmission options will include a 6 speed manual gearbox and a 6 speed DSG automatic gearbox. With an eye on big volumes, Skoda is aiming to price the 2013 Octavia very competitively. In essence,we could have the bigger 2013 Octavia priced very close to the current version, thus offering a high value proposition. You may click here to read more about the 2013 Octavia and the features it will offer.