China loves long-wheelbase sedans and to cater to its clients Skoda has introduced the 2021 Octavia Pro a long-wheelbase premium sedan specifically made for the Chinese market. The Skoda Octavia Pro is 64mm longer than the standard car out of which the wheelbase is 44mm longer translating to spacious rear legroom. The Octavia Pro also differentiates itself with a slightly different design and employs sharp front and rear bumpers similar to the RS model but instead of the high-gloss black treatment, the bumpers on the Octavia Pro come with a chrome finish.
Powering the Skoda Octavia Pro is a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol unit that churns out 150 Hp of power and 250 Nm of torque and sends the power to the front wheels using a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Octavia Pro also comes with multi-link suspension and driver assistance features for the China-spec model. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the Octavia is also likely to come with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor pumping put 190 PS of power.
Design & Styling
The Skoda Octavia Pro comes with the same European-spec design with similar headlamps and LED daytime running light signatures, the same taillamps but different front and rear bumpers with a sporty design. The Octavia Pro also gets a chrome embellished badge on the side, machine-cut dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, black ORVM housings, longer rear doors, chrome window beltline etc.
On the inside, the Octavia Pro features a 10.25-inch fully-digital colour instruments cluster, a 12-inch large touchscreen infotainment system with the latest generation telematics, heads-up display, heated and ventilated seats, multifunction steering wheel, contoured upholstery, multilayered dashboard, a wide central tunnel with a toggle-style shift-by-wire gear selector, electrochromic IRVM, etc.
Skoda Octavia in India
Skoda plans to bring the Octavia in the Indian market with the standard wheelbase option but the brand is experiencing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. But the brand’s Director – Sales, Service & Marketing at Skoda Auto India confirmed on Twitter that the brand plans to bring the new-generation Octavia in Q2 of 2021.