2013 Skoda Octavia to be unveiled at Prague in 10 days
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
It’s just around the corner, the new Skoda Octavia (called as Laura in India) is set to be unveiled to the world at Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic in just 10 days.
NDTV Car & Bike Show host Siddharth Patankar has tweeted saying that the next generation Octavia is just 10 days away from its public unveil. However the much awaited sedan will be officially launched only at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013.
He also added that the new Octavia will reach the Indian shores after August 2013. We don’t know yet if this is a Laura or Octavia in India.
The 2013 Skoda Octavia is based on VW’s MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform which is also found in the latest VW group cars such as the new Golf, Audi A3.
The 2013 Skoda Octavia is 4,659 mm long, 1,814 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 2,686 mm (compared to 4569 mm, 1769mm, 2,578mm of the current Octavia) making it larger than the current model. However, the new Skoda saloon will be lighter owing to the MQB platform.
The car is expected to use the same set of powertrains in India with some improvements and tweaks to have better performance and efficiency.
Skoda expects the 2013 Octavia to be one of the top 10 best selling cars in the world and that means there is quite a lot riding on this launch!
[Source – Twitter.com]