The India-bound 2020 Skoda Octavia will have its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2019). Less than a month away from its official unveiling, its interior has partially leaked online through new spy shots posted by Auto.cz.
The Octavia has been the heart and soul for the Skoda brand, not just in India but around the globe. The current-gen Octavia has been around since 2013 and later received a makeover in 2017. Now, the same is set to be replaced by a new-gen model which will have a familiar exterior design but be drastically different on the inside.
The most noticeable interior change in the 2020 Skoda Octavia revealed by the spy shots is the two-spoke steering wheel inspired by that of the Skoda Vision X concept that we know as the Skoda Kamiq in the production form. The angular shape of the instrument panel and the positioning of the touchscreen infotainment system also remind of the concept SUV.
The infotainment systems available in the all-new model will be from the MIB3 family, and the unit seen here seems to be the most basic one. It seems like all the units will be partly or fully touch-operated. The dashboard and centre console follow the minimalist principle and are much sleeker to make the cabin look cleaner. The central air vents have been relocated to a lower area in order to make room for the infotainment system.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia will sit on an upgraded version of the outgoing model's MQB platform. Like its predecessors, it will be available in a saloon-shaped hatchback version and even an estate versions. There will be a slew of engine variants internationally, both conventional and electrified. The latter will include mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. In India, one can expect at least two engines from the global range, a 1.5L TSI petrol unit and a 2.0L TDI EVO diesel unit. 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG will be the transmission choices.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia will be launched in the Indian market by end-2020 and will rival the likes of all-new Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.