Spied – 2016 Skoda Octavia facelift starts testing in China
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First makeover for the MQB-based sedan.
Skoda is working on a facelift for the Octavia as these spy images from China suggest. Reported to be revealed next year, the 2016 Octavia, based on these spyshots, would undergo a significant design overhaul.
Traces of camouflage on the grille and headlight clusters suggest that changes are expected in these areas. The refreshed Octavia could adopt LED-infused light clusters much like the new generation Fabia which was revealed this week.
At the rear too, changes could be seen to the taillight clusters and bumper of the sedan given the amount of camouflage present. These exterior changes coupled with minor interior tweaks should keep the executive sedan competent for the next 3 years or so.
The engine lineup, which in India include 1.4- and 1.8-liter TSI engines and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, is expected to remain unchanged.
Skoda in India launched the new Octavia last year. The refreshed model could go on sale in India sometime in 2016.
Competitors: VW Jetta, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Renault Fluence
Expected Price: INR 14 – 20 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2015 in Europe
2016 Skoda Octavia facelift – Spy Image Gallery
[Images from Auto Ifeng]