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Old 23rd April 2020, 17:43   #4411
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New Octavia launch likely delayed to 2021.

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Makes me really thankful for pulling the trigger on the current model in Jan-2020!

Also, I feel the current model looks sharper and more sleek when compared to the new model.

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New Octavia launch likely delayed to 2021.

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Thanks for sharing this article. I have always felt that the top of the line new model would come with the 2.0L TSI engine and the mid range one will be powered by the 1.5 Tsi mill with a manual & probably a 7-speed DSG gearbox option (DQ 200) also. The Karoq & T-Roc are being offered with the DSG gearbox, so it makes sense to offer it with the 1.5 L TSI engine on the Octavia also.

Since this will be a CKD import, expect it to be priced quite high. The current phased-out 1.8 Tsi L&K model had an OTR price of a bit over 28 Lacs in Delhi and with discounts it could be had for a li'l over 25L. But the top of the line 2.0 litre model could easily be around 33-34 lacs(OTR) & no discounts, so thats a huge jump !

The rear end styling of the new car is definitely more contemporary and I like the convenience of an electric parking brake (I know my wife would have loved this feature as it does take some effort to use the manual handbrake), the shift by wire gear-box technology & the engine will pump out 10 extra horses which is nice but the current model's 178 BHP is pretty good too !
Rest of the car's features are pretty similar to the current/out-gone L&K 1.8 Tsi. So people who bought the car between say Oct'19-March '20 should have got good discounts and wouldn't loose out much on the features as the older model is loaded to the hilt, including the latest feature of the digital virtual cockpit, Kanton premium sound system & ambient lighting. Buyers who are awaiting the new model get a completely refreshed product which may be retained for several years, but may have shell out a few lacs more & wait just a wee bit longer.

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.. the engine will pump out 10 extra horses which is nice
And a LOT more torque and no DQ200. I for one would have waited for the new one if 2.0 TSI was confirmed. But again, I'm not sure if after the COVID19 delay and general financial crunch environment, I would have had an appetite to spend 30+lakhs.

No regrets, but new is new.
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And a LOT more torque and no DQ200. I for one would have waited for the new one if 2.0 TSI was confirmed. But again, I'm not sure if after the COVID19 delay and general financial crunch environment, I would have had an appetite to spend 30+lakhs.

No regrets, but new is new.
New is New , no doubt ! I also like the new model except maybe for the front nose grill design. Maybe it was a conscious decision by the company to not announce the 2 litre Tsi earlier as they probably needed to sell off the stock of the current model. But I am glad I picked up the out-going model as 25L seems to be a steal for this car with its strong build quality, top notch features & a powerful engine.

In the current scenario it would have been next to impossible for me to shell out 32+L for a car. I am from the Hospitality & luxury travel business and nothing has been hit harder than this industry.

With regards to DQ 200, my understanding is that the problems have by & large been sorted with the software upgrade & the torque cap (to protect the clutch plates) & the switch to Mineral Oil to avoid the mechatronics failure.

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With regards to DQ 200, my understanding is that the problems have by & large been sorted with the software upgrade & the torque cap (to protect the clutch plates) & the switch to Mineral Oil to avoid the mechatronics failure.
The reliability isn't my concern really, this is my second DQ200, but the upgraded gearbox will definitely have better drivability. Low speed bumper to bumper traffic does unsettle the DQ200.
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Low speed bumper to bumper traffic does unsettle the DQ200.
Ok interesting. Could you elaborate a bit more on the unsettling bit in stop & go traffic conditions. I haven't yet encountered it thats why I am asking. Thanks
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The first year service date for my 1.8 TSi is tomorrow! Don't know when the service centers would reopen.

What are other people here doing about the scheduled service over past month or so?

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The first year service date for my 1.8 TSi is tomorrow! Don't know when the service centers would reopen.
What are other people here doing about the scheduled service over past month or so?
Interesting! Even if they were open, I won't let anyone sit in my car for the next 6 months!.
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The first year service date for my 1.8 TSi is tomorrow! Don't know when the service centers would reopen.
What are other people here doing about the scheduled service over past month or so?
I got my Baleno serviced yesterday. Even the NEXA was operational for sales of cars. So, I suppose Skoda service centre should have been operational by now, considering the restrictions are too relaxed particularly in Bangalore or say karnataka.
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The first year service date for my 1.8 TSi is tomorrow! Don't know when the service centers would reopen.
What are other people here doing about the scheduled service over past month or so?
Skoda showrooms have largely reopened. Call TAFE Skoda and ask them.
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Interesting! Even if they were open, I won't let anyone sit in my car for the next 6 months!.
But how to leave the car unserviced?! Especially when it is the first couple of services with mandatory oil change.
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I got my Baleno serviced yesterday. Even the NEXA was operational for sales of cars. So, I suppose Skoda service centre should have been operational by now, considering the restrictions are too relaxed particularly in Bangalore or say karnataka.
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Skoda showrooms have largely reopened. Call TAFE Skoda and ask them.
Sure, will check with skoda tomorrow. My next problem is commuting to the service center for drop and pickup of the car. Have to check if they provide a loaner, or should stay at the center until the car is ready!

Anyway, this is definitely a risk going out in these times.

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I called skoda and got to know TAFE service is opening some time next week. Service dates have been officially extended by 30 days.
My problem now is that TAFE is on the opposite side of the city! They are apparently opening another service center to replace the now defunct vinayak. Location unknown as of now, but hope it is in north bangalore .
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Makes me really thankful for pulling the trigger on the current model in Jan-2020!
Also, I feel the current model looks sharper and more sleek when compared to the new model.
Indeed, i agree but the best part is that this engine will not be there ever with the cost reductions needed and duty etc. This launch is also tentative and the longer this crisis drags on, new launches will surely be delayed as who know when will consumer demand come back and in what form( as in what segment it comes back to etc)
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