Skoda Octavia vRS - What to expect?

The new Octavia will not only be cosmetically enhanced but also boast more power

The new Octavia will not only be cosmetically enhanced but also boast more power

It is also a feature loaded vehicle that comes with technologies like adaptive cruise control, emergency auto braking with radar assist, Dynamic Chassis Control for different riding modes and Skoda Connect. The 7-seater Skoda Kodiaq SUV will take on the market leaders in the segment including Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and even the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The SUV has borrowed its styling from the Skoda Vision S concept. On the other hand, the 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit has come up with two variants - a 147 bhp and 340 Nm and a 187 bhp and 400 Nm versions. Big on space and value, without feeling cheap, it's been Skoda's best-seller since its 1996 launch, and a backbone of its fleet presence too.

Introduced first in 2000, the D-segment sedan, internationally is available in two engine options - 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 220 bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel engine that churns out 184 bhp and 380 Nm of peak torque.

The new Skoda Kodiaq SUV will be available in both petrol and diesel engine option.

The worldwide launch of the vehicle has five engine options which include two diesel and three petrol, and three transmission options, 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG and 7-speed DGS Transmission.

The vRS is all about the drivetrain and the India-spec auto 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. A new flat-bottom steering wheel and metal finished pedals will add sportiness inside.

Skoda is also relaunching Skoda Octavia RS in India that will be priced at 20 lakhs.

The cars will be manufactured in Maharashtra in the company's Aurangabad facility. According to reports, Skoda dealerships have already started taking bookings for the Skoda Kodiaq SUV and it is going to be launched in India soon.

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