The third generation of the Skoda Octavia has finally been revealed by the Czech automaker. The new model rides on VW’s MQB platform that is also being used for the Golf VII, Audi A3 and the new Seat Leon. The car is 90mm longer and 45mm wider, measuring 4,659mm long and 1,814mm wide, while its wheelbase has grown by 108mm to 2,686mm. Thanks to the increased size, the front headroom is up by 8mm, the width by an additional 39m, while the elbow width is up by 26mm. The interior length stands at 1,782mm, while the boot offers a capacity of 590 liters. Aside from being roomier, the Octavia III benefits from a more premium look and feel both inside and out.
Scheduled to reach European showroom in the next spring, Skoda will offer the 2013 Octavia with a choice of 8 turbocharged gasoline and diesel power units. A fine example would have to be the 1.4-liter TSI pumping out 120 hp, followed by a beefier 1.8-liter TSI that generates 177 hp. There’s also the 1.6-liter TDI which in the GreenLine variant pumps out 109 hp and allows the car to return 69.2 mpg US (3.4 liters / 100 km, while CO2 emissions stand at 89 g/km.
These engines will be connected to manual or DSG transmissions. Later on Skoda will offer the new Octavia in an all-wheel drive variant. Late next year there will be a hotter RS version benefiting from a 4-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that will also power the upcoming Golf VII GTI.