Skoda India could launch the 2013 Octavia by this year’s Diwali
The all new 2013 Skoda Octavia could be launched in India during the Indian festive season of Diwali. The 2013 Octavia is the first car in the Czech car maker’s range to hop on to the MQB platform. The MQB platform is a parts/production facility sharing platform that runs across most new cars in the Volkswagen group. In essence, the MQB based 2013 Octavia is expected to be the first MQB platform car to be launched in India. The 2013 Octavia is expected to eventually replace the Laura in India. Initially though, the Laura and the Octavia are expected to co-exist in the Indian car market until Skoda launches entry level variants of the 2013 Octavia to replace the lower spec Laura models.
The Laura badge is also expected to make way to the Octavia badge through the 2013 Octavia. Notably,Skoda India made its debut in India with the first generation Octavia model. Eventually, the Octavia was replaced by the next generation model, which is called the Laura in India. With the launch of the 2013 Octavia, life will come a full circle for Skoda in India what with the Octavia moniker making a comeback. The 2013 Octavia is a much bigger car than the model it replaces. The additional space is expected to give the 2013 Octavia a sizeable edge over its competitors. The 2013 Octavia’s competition is expected to come from the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Toyota Corolla Altis.
The 2013 Octavia sold in India is expected to be available with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. Also on the anvil is a lower powered 1.6 Liter TDI turbo diesel for the entry level models of the 2013 Octavia. The rumor mill even goes on to suggest that a CNG powered 2013 Octavia could also be considered for a launch in India. Expect the 2013 Octavia to be priced higher than the Laura that’s currently sold in India. With its brand new styling, long list of features and more luxurious interiors that are also more spacious, the 2013 Octavia could be a hot seller for Skoda India if priced well. The CKD assembly approach is expected to continue for the 2013 Octavia as well.