Aside from an interesting and polarizing new front end with split headlights, the “heart of the brand” – as Skoda likes to refer to the Octavia – is also adding in new assistance systems and connectivity services for the 2017 model year update.

The mid-cycle refresh for the Octavia has been known for some months now, so Skoda is looking to deliver more juicy details about the facelift ahead of the market introduction – maybe looking to sweeten the deal after a questionable design move. The Octavia has a raft of new driver assistance systems, including predictive pedestrian protection for city driving at speeds from 10 to 60 km/h (6 to 37 mph) – it can automatically slam the brakes if a “pedestrian dangerously steps out into oncoming traffic.” It’s part of the optional Front Assist package. The Octavia also gains the Blind Spot Detect system, as well as other features: optional trailer assist system controllable via the rotary switch for the exterior mirrors, Rear Traffic Alert to help you while parallel parking, as well as Maneuver Assist, which is a reversing auto brake function.

Skoda also talks about the updated infotainment systems which come with support for more online services, such as real-time traffic info, fuel prices, news, weather, and details about parking options. The flagship Columbus with its 9.2-inch display also packs Google Earth and Street View, as well as an online map update service. The Octavia also bundles the so-called “Care Connect services,” which also includes the emergency call (“eCall”) function.


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