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.
As expected, Skoda will also offer a vRS version of the new Octavia Coupe, with a choice of 2.0 TSI or 2.0 TDI engines, and either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG gearbox.
In terms of space, the new Skoda Octavia is setting new standards. According to Welsch, the new Octavia offer space that is usually found in a higher class. In fact, no other vehicle in the compact segment is more spacious than the Octavia. It leads the segment in terms of interior length (at 1,782 mm), rear headroom (at 980 mm) and knee room (at 73 mm). The Octavia also leads its class in terms of boot capacity at 590 liters.
Skoda has made it possible to increase some interior dimensions of the new Octavia. Compared to the second generation model, the new Octavia has more front head room (plus 8 mm), more front elbow width (plus 39 mm) and more rear elbow width (plus 26 mm).
Of course, the new Skoda Octavia isn’t just about spaciousness and functionality, it is also about visual appeal. Jozef Kaban, Skoda design chief, and his team redesigned the new Octavia from the ground up to ensure that the car expresses dynamism, refinement and elegance – which are essentially its proven ingredients as a best-seller,
Welsch remarked that each line and gap on the new Skoda Octavia is full of precision and detail, making the third-generation model stand out from the crowd.