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.
There is no question that the Škoda Octavia is both functional and offers a large amount of space. However, this model also has an attractive appearance. This was all thanks to the design team headed by the brand’s Design Chief himself Jozef Kabaň. The Octavia was redesigned by the team from top to bottom which resulted in creating excitement even at a first glance.
Škoda revealed that this is the reason why the Octavia remains to be dynamic while still having that timeless elegance. It also has that refinement and confidence, as well as uniqueness, on the road. Not surprising as this has been one of the brand’s best-selling models. This latest version of the Octavia will be the third generation of this range. Unlike the previous version, the new Octavia is longer by 90 mm.
In addition, it is also wider than the second-generation version by 45 mm. Wheelbase was also extended by 108 mm, which provides the interior a number of advantages like the rear seats offering additional space. By focusing on horizontal lines, the front section gets that confident and assured stance. There is also a new position for the brand’s logo.
Like the dimensions, the side profile is different compared to the second generation. The third generation is more dynamic. The reason for this is the long wheelbase combined with a C-pillar that has been pulled further back and the overhang in the front shortened. Meanwhile there is that sharp and high tornado line which visually stretches the car.
It also puts focus on the coupe-like profile. One new feature that customers will like is the dynamic upswept window line placed on the rear door. Dubbed as the “fin,” this is a small design idea but is effective at the same time. It allows the vehicle to have a strong look and direction. Precision is evident in the rear section as well which also displays perfect proportions and remarkable class.
Each component is tidy, well-positioned, and in the right place. Now, Škoda is known for its lighting graphic especially with the unique C-shaped lighting curve. For the new Octavia, this has been implemented in a truly uncompromising brilliance. The inside of this third-generation Octavia offers lot of space, has that elegance, and reveals tidiness.
It goes without saying that the design team changed everything on the interior. Welsch reveals that each gap and line on the Octavia represents the love for detail and precision. This new version, Welsch adds, is immediately recognizable even from a crowd of vehicles.