The Octavia might not have been Skoda's first launch under the Volkswagen Group, but as the first to dip into its new owner's parts bin, it's been a vital part of the brand's transformation since. The auto comes with a choice of 230hp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with top speed of 250 km/h or 184hp 2.0-litre TDI diesel capable of reaching 232 km/h. While Skoda was expected to reveal more about the India-spec new Skoda Kodiaq including more features and price range, but the Czech Multinational only unveiled that the SUV will officially hit the commercial automobile market of India in the coming festive season.
Skoda has started accepting pre-booking for its upcoming models, the Rapid Monte Carlo and the Octavia RS, in the country. Both engines will be paired with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of an automatic gearbox.
The vRS is all about the drivetrain and the India-spec vehicle will feature a 2-litre turbocharged petrol motor with 230bhp of power and 350Nm of torque, allowing this family sedan to accelerate from 0-100kmph in just 6.7 seconds. It will also be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels and a tailgate spoiler, also in black. The red exterior shade, all-black interior, front-grille and wing mirrors will be some of the changes on the new Rapid.
The Octavia RS will be the third launch Skoda will do this year and it is set to happen sometime next month. The turbocharged petrol unit of the 2 litres, 4 cylinder churns out 177 bhp of max power production and 340 Nm of max torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed DSG.
With the launch of Kodiaq and suspected launch of Karoq in India, Skoda might be looking to make its presence felt in the Indian SUV market, which it lost after discontinuation of Yeti. The Rapid Monte Carlo will serve as a premium option for Rapid buyers while the Octavia RS will definitely appeals to the enthusiasts.