Following the reveal of teaser photos earlier this month, Skoda today has fully unveiled its most awaited model, the Octavia.
The third-generation Octavia comes with a new, Rapid-inspired design, new safety and comfort systems and an „unrivalled space offering”, as Skoda says in the press release.
Compared to its predecessor, the Octavia is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider, with the wheelbase growing by 108 mm. This translates into more room for passengers, as front head room is 8 mm bigger, front elbow width is 39 mm bigger and rear elbow width is 26 mm bigger than in the second-generation Octavia. Boot volume is also bigger than before, at 590 liters. Despite being larger, the new Octavia is 102 kg lighter than the outgoing model, due to lightweight engineering.
The angular design is inspired by the Rapid sedan, with Skoda adding a special new characteristic in the form of an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors. This so-called “fin” provides the car with a forceful appearance and direction.
The new Octavia is equipped with a Front Assistant/emergency braking function (from May 2013), Lane Assistant, which keeps the Octavia on track, multicollision-braking/automatic brake actuation in an accident, Crew Protect Assistant/securing of the vehicle in an accident situation, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection) or an active front hatch for pedestrian protection. The car has up to nine airbags, including knee airbags and rear side airbags, available for the first time in a Skoda Octavia.
As for the engines, the Octavia will be offered with a range of eight powerplants, with the most economical being the 1.6 TDI (110 HP), which in GreenLine version consumes 3.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (CO2 emissions of 89 g/km). There will be four petrol engines with TSI technology and four TDI common-rail diesel engines, with the most powerful being the 1.8 TSI with 180 HP.
Manual and automatic DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works. A sporty Skoda Octavia RS will be launched later.