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2017 Skoda Octavia will feature VW's turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine

Soon, we will be able see VW Group's new frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine underneath the hood of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift. This engine – the 1.5-liter TSI Evo powerplant --will be one of the five available engines for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift.

When Skoda announced the face-lifted version of the Octavia in October 2016, it also disclosed that its power will be sourced from four available engines – two petrol and two diesel engines – in the United Kingdom. The petrol engines include a 1.0 TSI that delivers 115 PS and a 1.4 TSI that provides up to 150 PS. Meanwhile the diesel powerplants include a 1.6 TDI that generates 115 PS and a 2.0 TDI that develops max output of 150 PS. Available transmission systems include a manual gearbox and a DSG transmission with six or seven gears.

Now, the 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol engine is not entirely a new powerplant. It is in fact, an evolution or an upgraded version of the 150-PS 1.4 TSI unit that is available as one of the cores for the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Featuring cylinder deactivation, this 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine is able to deliver 150 hp (110 kW) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This means that the petrol versions of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be available with either a 1.0 TSI with 115 PS or a 1.5 TSI Evo with 150 PS. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia, it will be gradually replaced with the evolved unit starting the second half of the year.

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2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC (CNG) has more power and longer range than predecessor

Czech carmaker is making fans of its CNG-powered (compressed natural gas)  Skoda fall in love all over again by making the latest iteration of the Octavia G-TEC more powerful and travel farther than before.

Part of its range of eco-friendly CNG vehicles, the new 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC has gotten rid of the old 1.4-liter TSI engine. Instead, the latest iteration of the Octavia G-TEC will be powered by the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter TSI engine. This new mill with the larger capacity can deliver 96 kW (130 PS) of max output, making the new Octavia G-TEC around 15 kW (20 PS) more powerful than the previous model. Moreover, the 1.5-liter TSI engine is designed to be efficient, as made possible by the variable intake valve timing with Miller cycle operation.

When the 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC goes into CNG mode, its carbon dioxide emissions levels drops by 25 percent compared when in petrol mode. In addition, a CNG-powered Octavia G-TEC emits lower levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) with zero particulate emissions. This allows the new Octavia G-TEC to be compliant with EU6d-TEMP emissions standard.

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BMW will halt production of gasoline-powered 7 Series

With all the issues going around the automotive industry, car makers have to be more mindful of their moves, especially when it comes to the development and production of cars.

Like now, European spec cars had just been given a new set of requirements, and this will mean a production shutdown for BMW’s flagship 7 Series sedan for an entire year. To be more specific, this shutdown really only affects gas powered vehicles, and diesel engine will still be produced. This is quite an odd thing considering that diesel variants have a reputation of being the more polluted engines, especially with the Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal.

The decision to shut down engines began when the new requirements of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (also known as WLTP) were implemented. These rules began in 2017 after new forms of emissions testing has been done, and apparently, these are a better way to measure vehicle emission in real world driving.

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Facelifted Skoda Octavia boasts new feature – the all-digital instrument cluster

When the Skoda Octavia went through its mid-cycle refresh, which was eventually revealed in October of 2016, it did not get an all-digital instrument cluster, unlike the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon that share one platform. And because of that, Skoda decided to make up for lost time and is now going to offer buyers an option where they will replace the analog driver’s display with a fully digital screen like that you will find in the Karoq compact crossover, but of course with an added cost.

The new fully digital instrument panel has recently been added into the Czech configurator, where it is listed, and has an asking price of 8 900 Kč (that is equivalent to about €351 at current exchange rates). We are expecting to see the facelifted Octavia with this new feature, earlier next month when it goes to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the tweaked Fabia.

Physically, the digital instrument panel measures 12.3 inches in diagonal, wherein the digital instrument panel sports a resolution of 1,4400 by 540 pixels. Drivers have an option to go 2D or 3D when it comes to navigation information. It also features different layouts including Classic, Digital, Info-Profile, and Reduced.

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You may have heard about the boost that ABT Sportsline gave the Skoda Octavia RS. However, the changes are not as significant outwardly compared to what has been done on the engine. Well, it has received a new set of custom 19-inch wheels, and a stiffer sports suspension, lowering its overall height by 20 millimeters. But most of the magic happens under the hood.

The Octavia RS now has a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It used to have an output of only 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. What ABT did to Skoda’s TSI unit, which is the same as what many other Volkswagen models have received, is to bring out 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque. Because of the use of the bespoke engine control module, the model now offers an additional 85 horsepower and 74 lb-ft (100 Newton metres) from the standard model. This makes it perform much better as well; however, the tuner has not officially released its details.

Inside, it still comes with an infotainment system with electronic driver aids as well as safety features that come standard. Some of the safety features include adaptive light and front fog lights that work as cornering lights. The external and internal rear view mirrors have an auto-dimming function as well.

Read the entire article ABT Sportsline offers tuning package for the Skoda Octavia RS with up to 315hp output

When Skoda unveiled the face-lifted 2017 Octavia RS in late 2016, the Czech carmaker got rid of all doubts whether it would create an RS version of the car. At the time, it touted the 2017 Octavia RS 230 as the most powerful Octavia of all time.

However, Skoda is now introducing a version of the 2017 Octavia RS that is even more powerful than a regular Octavia RS 230. With that fact, the carmaker is now touting the new Skoda Octavia RS as the most powerful Octavia in the company’s history. Definitely, the new Skoda Octavia RS 245 is now the quickest, most powerful Octavia in the carmaker’s lineup.

To determine the differences between the Octavia RS 230 and the Octavia RS 245, perhaps you would need a keener sense of sight. For instance, the Octavia RS 245 has more black accents on the exterior and more specific decorative trims in the cabin. Specifically, trim framing the radiator grille comes in gloss black. The same treatment is given to the exterior mirror housings and the trapezoid tailpipes.

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More than a month after Skoda unveiled the 2017 Octavia Facelift, the Czech carmaker ended doubts whether there would be an RS version or not. It has become official that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift is coming to the market.

Since the RS suffix is usually given to any Skoda model with sporty looks and dynamics, it follows that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS Facelift is astounding. Compared to the new Skoda facelift, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift looks a lot sportier and boasts of better performance on the road.

Inside, the 2017 Octavia RS features a sporty black interior laden with RS-Sport seats in leather/fabric combo or in Alcantara. Models with DSG gearbox come with a multi-function sports steering wheel with a perforated leather crown. The RS logo can be found on the entry panels while the recesses of the door handles are now illuminated.

Read the entire article Skoda unveils sportier 2017 Octavia RS facelift with similar crystalline headlights

After going under some serious facelift, Skoda Auto finally unveils the 2017 Octavia model. Still, speculations of an RS version continue to emerge even after the revamped Octavia show no signs of RS trims and AWD layout. Good thing, early renderings show an RS look courtesy of X-Tomi Design. Rumours are also spreading about a Diesel RS model entering its production around April or May next year.

Amidst all the rumours, one thing’s for sure, the RS 245 model will be worth the wait. This sport variant should at least come with a 245hp 2.0L engine and will be mated with either 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch AT gearbox. Current versions of the Octavia RS come in 226.54hp 2L petrol, 217.16hp 2L TSI petrol and 180.97hp 2L Diesel engines. As we wait for things to unfold, let us explore the best possible Octavia RS rendering we’ve seen so far.

As you can see, X-Tomi Design created a blacked out grille design, a black painted roof with side mirror casings also in black. The rendered auto comes in metallic Race blue colour, which we think is a superb choice for an RS model.

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Skoda has implemented a significant facelift on its best-selling model, the Skoda Octavia. To be launched by the of the year, the 2017 Skoda Octavia – in its mid-cycle refresh – features new design elements both on the front and the rear, as marked by dual-faced split headlights that could be availed with the latest full-LED technology.

It also features the latest generation of infotainment systems, mid-class driver assistance systems and technologies. Available either as a saloon or an estate, the new Skoda Octavia could also be powered by any of the five TSI and four TDI engines, all boasting of high performance and low fuel consumption.

Skoda will commence sales of the refreshed Octavia by the end of the year, with initial deliveries to start early 2017.

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Skoda is seeking to continue the success of its third-generation Skoda Octavia RS by unveiling an all-wheel-drive version of the car, the Skoda Octavia RS 4x4. The release of the new Skoda Octavia RS 4x4 follows the unveiling of the Octavia RS 230 special edition.

Skoda’s powerful sports compact has been a winning story for Skoda since the third-generation was launched in 2013. Demand for this model from people around the globe has gone up and Skoda has already made over 58,000 units to date.

Since Skoda launched the first-generation of the Octavia RS in 2000 until the end of August 2015, the Czech carmaker had delivered around 165,000 units of the Octavia RS (comprised of the first to third generation models) to customers around the world.

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Ahead of 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Skoda unveiled the 2014 Octavia Scout, a rugged version of the popular Octavia. The 2014 Skoda Octavia Scout is based on the Octavia Combi and comes with new design features such as front and rear bumpers with silver-coloured off-road attachments, a wide air intake, door sills and wheel arches in black panelling as well black protective side mouldings.

Moreover, the ground clearance has a ground clearance that was increased by 33 millimetres comparing it with the standard Octavia. Furthermore, the Octavia Scout features 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. Inside, there is a 3-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel and attractive features, designed especially for the Scout.

Skoda promises a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol engine, and says that powertrains are 20% more fuel-efficient, compared with the car’s predecessor. The 2014 Octavia Scout also comes with all-wheel drive technology, based on the Haldex-5 coupling.

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Skoda is preparing to surprise us with an Octavia Coupe Concept in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. According to AutoExpress, the new Octavia Coupe Concept will be based on the same MQB platform as the Octavia, featuring the same 1,868 mm wheelbase.

With a sleeker profile, just like the Volkswagen CC, Octavia Coupe will keep its booth space and will offer around 1,500 litres with the rear seats down. This would be an advantage comparing it with the premium four-door coupe such as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

This new concept will actually preview a production version as Skoda aims to surpass one million units sold in 2013. Two new Skoda factories are currently being built in China as Skoda wants to sell 500,000 cars per year in this country, up from 235,700 in 2012.

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Skoda Octavia vRS had its global debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed slated on July 11 to 14, 2013. Available at a starting price of £22,990, the new Octavia vRS sets new standards for value as its features a number of engineering innovations as well as eye-catching looks and performance.

The new Octavia vRS is derived from the third-generation Octavia that Skoda launched earlier this year. The Octavia vRS model boasts of a number of standard features developed to optimize car’s performance potential, as evidenced by its widely acclaimed vRS badge.

The new technologies in the Octavia vRS both made the car lighter and affordable to run, making it the most complete vRS package Skoda has offered. Alasdair Stewart, brand director for Skoda UK, remarked that the new Octavia vRS "has a very special place in the heart of everyone" at Skoda at it unites their "love of motorsport, sharp design and bold engineering."

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Skoda is introducing its fastest production Octavia so far – third generation Skoda Octavia vRS. Available in saloon and estate body styles, the Skoda Octavia vRS is powered by either a 217bhp 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine from the Volkswagen Golf GTI or a 181bhp 2.0-liter TDI diesel powerplant from the Golf GTD.

The petrol version could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 154mph. On the other hand, the vRS diesel could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 8.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 144mph. Both engines are paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed DSG dual-clutch is optional.

Skoda claims the new Octavia vRS to be 19-percent more fuel efficient than the second-generation model. The front-drive Octavia vRS features sports suspension and an electronic XDS differential as standard, which helps improved traction and reduce understeering.  The model is also equipped with a ‘progressive’ steering set-up with a quicker rack.

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ŠKODA will unveil the third-generation Octavia Estate on March 5 at the Geneva Motor Show. Just a few weeks ago, ŠKODA launched the Octavia Hatch. ŠKODA claims that the Octavia establishes new standards in the compact segment and confirms its distinctive position in this class once again.

The Octavia Estate provides unmatched space, functionality, fuel efficiency, innovative safety and comfort systems, and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ ideas at outstanding value for money. When compared to the predecessor, the new ŠKODA Octavia Estate is longer by 90 mm and wider by 45 mm. The wheelbase has increased by nearly 11 cm, leading to record-breaking room and space.

Dr. Frank Welsch, Škoda Board Member for Technical Development, said that its ŠKODA Octavia Estate provides plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers (with 73 mm in front of the knees) – the highest in the segment.

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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.

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The new Skoda Octavia, the third-generation family hatchback, has been unveiled. The Octavia is bigger than ever and offers class-leading interior space. The Octavia, which is based on the stretched variant of the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, is now longer by 90mm than its predecessor to 4659mm.

It is wider by 45mm to 1814mm. However, the major increase can be found in the wheelbase, which has increased by 108mm to 2686mm. The bigger Octavia then keeps its odd position of being bigger than its competitors (VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra). However, it’s not as big as those from the higher class.

For instance, a Ford Mondeo is 125mm shorter. The new Octavia features what Skoda refers to as class-leading interior space, with an interior length of 1782mm as well as bigger head, knee and legroom for front and rear passengers. Boot space is bigger too, by only five litres to 590. It remains as the biggest in its class, even larger than the 380 liters of the Golf.

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Škoda is offering two UK limited-edition variants of its Octavia family car: the Octavia SE Connect and Octavia vRS Blackline. Škoda is also laying out exceptional offers for both limited edition Octavia versions. The Octavia SE Connect is inspired by the highly popular SE trim, but it is fitted with £1,680 worth of additional equipment.

Starting September 4, 2012, Škoda will be giving a 25 per cent discount off the Octavia SE Connect, which brings its OTR price from the initial £18,650 down to just £13,990, while the price of the estate body style is also brought down from £19,690 to £14,760 OTR. The Octavia SE Connect is powered by a 1.6 TDI CR 105PS DPF engine coupled with manual transmission.

The version is considered ideal for both fleet and retail customers as it returns just 119g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. Featured as standard for the Octavia SE Connect are 16-inch ‘Crateris’ alloy wheels, rear acoustic parking sensors and GSM II telephone preparation and metallic paint. The version also features Škoda’s mobile device interface (MDI) connectivity package and Maxidot functionality.

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ŠKODA has commenced testing a fleet of 10 electric Octavia Green E Line for electric traction in everyday operation. The test aims to increase practical experience with electric propulsion. The Octavia Green E Line is the automaker's first purely electric automobile. It is based on the Octavia Combi. The fleet is used to provide essential insights for advancing the development of electric power in vehicles, focusing on making it suitable for mass production. The modular chassis of the mass production model is suitable for holding the battery, electric motor and electronic controllers.

The electric motor provides a peak power of 85 kW as well as a maximum torque of 270 Nm immediately from the start -- ideal for inner-city driving. The Octavia Green E Line, which seats five people, accelerates to 100 kph from a standstill in only 12 seconds, with a top speed of 135 kph.

The car's electricity comes from a lithium-ion battery, which weighs around 315 kilograms and holds 26,5 kilowatt-hours in energy. It has a 150-kilometer range, which satisfies the demands of most commuters in Europe. The battery block is attached under the middle and back floor panel, and in part in the boot.

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The Octavia vRS of ŠKODA’s has become the newest model to enter the famous 200 mph club of Bonneville. This 500 bhp ‘salt spec’ challenger, which was built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iconic vRS performance flagship badge, charged through the 200 mph barrier, four days earlier than it was scheduled. By doing so, this vehicle has become the fastest ŠKODA in history.

It has been penned as the “vRS Bonneville Special” This vehicle has attained a stunning 195.69 mph on its first run of the day. On its sixth official outing at Bonneville Speed Week (13-20), the Octavia vRS pushed itself to an impressive 202.15 mph.

The brand’s UK technical team, who prepped the vehicle in Milton Keynes, arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, ahead of the event in order to finalize the months of preparation and hard work.

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