Skoda Octavia fourth-gen to come equipped with mild-hybrid technology
No official confirmation from Skoda if the India-spec models will get the 48V mild-hybrid technology
Skoda has introduced the fourth-gen Octavia with new mild-hybrid technology for the global markets. Addition of a 48V mild-hybrid technology to the Skoda Octavia makes it the first Skoda car to come equipped with mild-hybrid tech as well as a PHEV.
The 48V mild-hybrid technology in the Octavia features a belt-integrated starter that runs in combination with the regeneration technology through the brake pedal. Meaning the 48V lithium-ion battery can charge during deceleration e and at the same time can supply power to the steering and allow extended coasting as well. The system provides torque fill as well, with the motor providing 50Nm of torque under hard acceleration.
Under the hood, the Octavia will be on offer with two different powertrains. A 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 108bhp or a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with 148bhp of power – the same engines that we are familiar with from the VW Polo and T-Roc. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be a standard with both engines, with no option of a manual on these mild-hybrid variants.
Skoda’s plans for an all-new Octavia have been postponed and pushed towards the start of 2021, and we are still uncertain if the mild-hybrid variant will make its way to our market or not. Skoda and VW are currently focussed on the fruits of the India 2.0 project and we will only know more about a hybrid Octy after that.