Just like the more premium Skoda Superb, the upcoming Octavia could get the Sportline variant in India. It will be positioned below the L&K and could be pitched above the highly anticipated Onyx variant.
Skoda has introduced a Sportline variant in its Octavia line-up. However, the new Sportline variant is exclusive to the international market for now. The Indian market is already familiar with Skoda’s ‘Sportline’ treated cars, e.g. the Skoda Superb Sportline, which made its debut last year. Going by the manufacturer’s trait, the new variant is most likely to debut in the Indian market. It could be pitched as a more enthusiast-focused sedan when Skoda launches the 4th-generation Octavia in the coming weeks.
The international Skoda Octavia Sport line gets some cosmetic and interior changes. The electronic pack has been upgraded as well. The front air-splitter and the grille, which is finished in chrome, get a gloss black finish now. A similar gloss black finish is on the rear end. The rear boot lip spoiler, diffuser, and Skoda badge are now also finished in gloss black. The standard size of the alloy wheels on offer is 17-inch. The wheels sport a polished black finish and have been dubbed Pulsar. Buyers also get the option to upgrade the wheel size to 18 inches, if they so desire. The 18-inch wheels feature a metallic black finish and are called Vega. Exclusively for the Sportline variant, Skoda offers 19-inch Taurus alloy wheels, which get a black finish. A Sportline badge on the fender of the car is a new addition.
Inside, the Octavia Sportline now gets sporty seats, with integrated headrests and ThermoFlux upholstery. The instrumentation is now finished in a fabric finish and piano black stripes.
The 4th-gen Skoda Octavia is slated to be launched in India by May 2021. It will be offered with the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, with a manual as well as an automatic transmission. Skoda could offer a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the higher Sportline variant of the Octavia.