Skoda has announced that it will unveil the fourth-generation Octavia in Prague on November 11, which will replace the third-generation model that has been around since 2012. To go along with the announcement, the Czech carmaker also dropped two teaser photos as well as preliminary details of the new model.
As before, the new Octavia will be offered in two body styles – a sedan and wagon – the latter referred to as the Combi, with Scout and RS models joining the range in 2020. In terms of dimensions, the standard Octavia is 19 mm longer than before, while the Octavia Combi adds 22 mm, although both share an identical length of 4,689 mm. The same applies to the vehicles’ width, which is up by 15 mm to 1,829 mm, while the wheelbase is unchanged from before at 2,686 mm.
The teaser photos also suggest an evolutionary approach to styling, with a sharper front apron that sports notable cues like the company’s signature grille and two-section headlamps, which features full LED Matrix technology on higher-end variants. The company also says new Octavia will be one of the most aerodynamic cars in the world, with the sedan having a drag coefficient of 0.24, while the Combi is marked at 0.26.
There are no interior photos as of yet, but we’re told there’s even more space than before, as rear kneeroom has been increased to 78 mm. Boot space for both body styles also get a bump, with 640 litres available in the Combi, and 600 litres for the sedan.
Skoda’s designers also opted for a two-spoke steering wheel and introduced a multi-tiered dashboard layout that is said to echo the shape of the front grille. There’s also a Virtual Cockpit that consists of two 10-inch displays, with the first being a free-standing unit linked to the infotainment system that has a range of inputs, five USB-C ports and an optional Canton Sound System.
Meanwhile, the other unit acts as digital instrument cluster, and offers four displayable layouts – Basic, Classic, Navigation and Driver Assistance Systems – that can be controlled with buttons on the steering wheel. Other available equipment for the Octavia includes a head-up display, triple-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and three trim levels (Active, Ambition and Style). The fourth generation of the Octavia also sees the introduction of new assistance systems like Collision Avoidance Assist, Exit Warning system, Hands-on Detect and Emergency Assist.
On the driving side of things, Skoda will offer three chassis options for the Octavia, including standard suspension, sports suspension (15 mm lower ride height) and a Rough Road chassis (15 mm more ground clearance). Also available as an option is Dynamic Chassis Control with adjustable damping, which sees a 10 mm drop on all variants save for those with plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Speaking of powertrains, the model’s plug-in hybrid setup consists of a 1.4 litre TSI engine, a six-speed dual-clutch DSG (with shift-by-wire tech) and an electric motor, with two outputs (204 PS and 245 PS) available. There are also two 48-volt mild hybrid petrol engines on offer, including a 1.0 litre three-cylinder TSI that makes 110 PS and a 1.5 litre four-cylinder TSI serving up 150 PS.
Customers can pair the engines with a seven-speed DSG or six-speed manual, and without mild hybrid technology, depending on their preference. A third petrol unit is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TSI with 190 PS, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG.
Over in the diesel camp, Skoda offers a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI Evo mill with 115 PS, 150 PS and 200 PS outputs that are equipped with SCR exhaust gas treatment to comply with Euro 6d emissions standards. All-wheel drive is available as an option for TDI mills producing 150 PS and 200 PS.
Last but not least, there’s the G-TEC variant that is capable of running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The variant employs a 1.5 litre TSI with 130 PS, and can be paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.
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