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.
Skoda installed three CNG tanks in the 2019 Octavia G-TEC. One of these is made from steel, as positioned in front of the rear axle. The two other tanks are made from a new lightweight composite material, as located under the cargo compartment of Octavia G-TEC. In total, these three tanks can hold up to 17.7 kg of CNG, for a total range of around 480 km. This assumes that the new Octavia G-TEC operates on CNG alone.
The new 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC is also fitted with a fourth tank, but this container contains petrol instead of CNG. Overall, the petrol tank can carry up to 11.8 liters when fully filled. However, the Octavia G-TEC won't kick into petrol mode unless it uses up all its fill of CNG. Once the car detects that its CNG tanks have been emptied, it will automatically switch to petrol mode. With 11.8 liters of petrol in tow, the Octavia G-TEC can safely have a trip into locations where CNG filling stations are rare, ensuring that the vehicle can still move even when it runs of CNG.
Since the previous iteration of the Skoda Octavia G-TEC boasted of a combined range (CNG plus petrol) of 1,330 km (826 miles), the 2019 model should be able to travel farther.
For those who wanted to purchase the new 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC 1.5 TSI, keep in mind that this CNG wonder is only available in wagon body style (COMBI). In addition, the new Octavia G-TEC 1.5 TSI can be availed with the Active, Ambition and Style equipment lines. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed DSG transmission.