While everyone was waiting for any report related to the launch of the new Skoda Kodiaq, the company has planned to bring out the new Octavia facelift around 10th of July. Several media reports suggest that the new Skoda Octavia facelift will be featuring a few changes on the outside as well as on the inside.

2017 Skoda Octavia will be coming with external changes like split headlamps up front with LED auto headlamps and more upmarket grille. The wheels also see a jump up from the regular 16 inches to bigger 17 inches alloys while the side profile exudes the same philosophy as the earlier model.

Hop inside the car and there is a whole lot of new equipment on offer which is much more upmarket than the previous model. It comes with a slightly modified dashboard layout with the addition of a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will be loaded with WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity for seamless integration of a smartphone. The screen will also double up as rear view parking camera and there’s also a parking assist system on offer. Also Read: Skoda Octavia 2017 facelift bookings open unofficially; Octavia vRS India launch later this year

The additional kit on the new 2017 Skoda Octavia will also include a space for placing umbrellas, which is a feature found on the super expensive, ultra luxurious Roll-Royce saloons. Safety was always given a high priority in the Skoda Octavia but the number of airbags is set to rise subsequently in almost all the variants of the vehicle. The mid placed variants will get additional airbags, rising from four to six units while the top of the line trim will come with 8 airbags. A driver fatigue detection system will also debut in the India bound Octavia but will skip the obstacle detection system. Also Read: New Skoda Kodiaq SUV interior spied for the first time; India launch imminent

In terms of engine department, it will continue to be offered with a 1.4 litre and 1.8 litre petrol engine along with the existing 2.0 litre diesel motor. The transmission duties will be handled by a choice of manual and a DSG automatic transmission. The prices of the Skoda Octavia could be lower than the current, once the GST is implemented which will reduce the prices of the luxury vehicles. You might like: Skoda Kodiaq SUV scores 5-star rating in Euro NCAP crash test

To make things further exciting, Skoda is also expected to bring the performance version of the sedan, the Octavia vRS around the month of Diwali and will feature a 2.0 litre, 230 bhp turbo petrol engine under its hood.