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Skoda shows off new Octavia

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:23pm

Even better, more spacious, safer, more connected and more emotive than ever: that’s how Skoda describes the fourth generation of its bestselling Octavia.

The heart and engine of the Skoda brand is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and is even more emotive thanks to the new Skoda design language. The new interior concept combines an excellent amount of space and outstanding functionality with high-quality materials and clever details. Innovative connectivity and new assistance systems raise comfort and safety to an even higher level.

Skoda Auto CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “For Skoda, the Octavia is of immense importance. That’s why we’ve completely redeveloped this car. The outcome is the best Octavia of all time – it is even more spacious, practical and even safer than ever before.

“By unveiling its latest generation just in time for its 60th anniversary, we have taken a major step forward. The Octavia has significantly contributed to the positive development of the company and the brand, over the last six decades. I am very confident that the new generation will play its part in maintaining this positive development.”

The new Octavia has grown further and, thanks to new proportions and the latest developments in Skoda’s design language, is even more emotive and dynamic than its successful predecessor.

At a length of 4,689mm, the hatchback is 19mm and the Combi estate is 22mm longer than the third-generation model. Its width has increased by 15mm.

The Combi’s boot capacity, which is the largest in the segment, has increased by 30 litres to 640 litres. The hatchback has a capacity of 600 litres – 10 litres more than the previous generation.

The new front apron and the razor-sharp, narrower, new headlights are a visual delight and feature LED technology for low beam, high beam and daytime running lights as standard. The tail lights, brake lights and fog lights make use of LED technology as well.

The newly designed, shallow roof rails emphasise the elongated silhouette of the Octavia Combi, while the hatchback looks almost like a coupé. Alloy wheels measuring up to 19 inches lend all of the model variants a powerful appearance.

Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue have been newly added to the range of paint finishes; a Chrome and a Dynamic package are optional extras.

Never before has the Octavia been as efficient, eco-friendly and available with as many alternative powertrains as in its fourth generation. For the first time, the line-up includes a plug-in hybrid, the Octavia iV.

Some of the petrol engines, which have been further optimised, are now equipped with innovative mild hybrid technology, while the diesel engines come from the latest EVO generation and emit up to 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide.

The wide range of powertrains delivering anything from 110hp to 204hp. In the Octavia iV, a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor deliver a combined power output of 204hp. With a capacity of 37Ah providing 13kWh of energy, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery allows for an all-electric range of up to 55 km in the WLTP cycle.

The Octavia will be available in Ireland from July 2020. Prices and specifications will be available closer to the time.

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