Skoda will launch the new Skoda Octavia at the Geneva auto show in March 2013. The new Octavia is described as larger than the current model, a decision made to properly distinguish it from the brand Rapid compact that went on sale in Europe in October 2012. The new Octavia is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the current model.
It also boasts of a wheelbase 108mm longer than the current model, providing rear passengers with more space. According to Skoda, the new Octavia’s bigger size will keep the car in its unusual position of being larger than its compact segment competitors like the Ford Focus, Opel/Vauxhall Astra and the Volkswagen Golf. The carmaker also intends to attract customer from the mid-sized segment, since the third-generation Octavia is just 125mm shorter than the Ford Mondeo.
The Octavia will be available in four gasoline and four diesel engine choices, while a natural-gas powertrain is planned for later release.
For customers looking for fuel efficiency, they may opt for the Octovia powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine, as consumes only 3.4 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits only 89 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This efficiency is mainly attributed to the use of lighter materials like high-strength steels in building the Octavia.
The model also features new safety systems for Skoda like the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car in front while cruising.
Skoda will roll out the Octavia European markets in January with a wagon version to follow in the summer. The Octavia is sitting at VW's new MQB (Modular Transverse Toolkit) platform, which will also underpin the majority of the carmaker's front-wheel-drive models. MQB also underpins the new Golf, Audi A3 and Seat Leon.