The split LED headlights are an easy giveaway.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia (facelift) has been spied testing in India for the first time by a Team-BHP member, donning no camouflage whatsoever. It is reported to launch in India this June and, like the current Octavia will be assembled in Aurangabad.
What is an easy giveaway in the spy shot is the quartet of headlights, which has generated polarising opinions among readers. Other changes to the exterior include a slightly revised ‘butterfly’ grille, a restyled bumper-wide intake with new foglamps, and an updated LED-powered C-shaped taillight cluster. It is a minor facelift, but the new headlights give the front fascia a distinct look.
Inside, the new Octavia will retain the current dashboard, seats, steering wheel and other features of the current Skoda, while the instrument dials will be similar to the ones in the Skoda Superb and flanking a new multi-info colour display. It is unlikely that India-spec Octavia will get the all new 9.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display with Columbus navigation otherwise offered in the top-end Euro version.
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Engine options of the new Octavia will be carried over from the outgoing car which includes a 1.4 TSI petrol, 1.8 TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines. A 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG automatic and 7-speed DSG automatic will be the choices of transmission.