The third generation of the Skoda Octavia has been introduced in the United Kingdom. Deliveries are expected to commence on March 16, with the base model starting from 15,990 pounds. For this money you will be getting the entry-level version in the S trim equipped with a 1.2-liter TSI gasoline engine producing 105 HP. If you want the DSG transmission, you’ll have to wait until May and pay at least 17,240 pounds. Skoda is offering the new Octavia with a 1.4-liter TSI power unit pumping out 140 HP at 18,390 pounds in the SE trim at least (not available for S version), while the model with the aforementioned DSG costs at least 19,640 pounds.
On the diesel side, there’s the 1.6-liter TDI CR with 105 HP available from 18,040 pounds or 19,290 pounds with the DSG. Lastly, the third-gen Octavia is sold with a 2.0-liter TDI CR generating 150 HP, available from 20,140 pounds or 21,390 pounds with the DSG. The more powerful diesel is not available for the entry-level S trim so you can get it in either the SE or Elegance versions.
The most expensive model is with the more powerful diesel engine and in the Elegance trim, a model for which you will have to pay at least 23,240 pounds.
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.
The new generation of the Skoda Octavia will be revealed in November according to an official statement coming from the Volkswagen Group during the Moscow Motor Show. The car is scheduled to hit the market at the beginning of next year and it represents the fourth car within the VW Group to feature the MQB platform. The other three cars so far are the Audi A3, Seat Leon and the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf which will debut at the beginning of September. Thanks to this switch to the MQB platform, the all-new Octavia is expected to be lighter but larger than the model we see on the roads today. Expect to see a length of 4.8 meters so that the Rapid will have room in the automaker’s lineup.
The company’s best-seller model will also be pushed upmarket, but the entry-level versions will stick to the vehicle’s tradition of providing more room inside the cabin for a lower price tag in comparison to its most important rivals in this competitive segment. The higher-end versions will get a steeper price tag but will come with more premium equipment compared to previous generations of the Octavia.
As far as the engine lineup is concerned, the new generation of the Skoda Octavia will get approximately the same engines as the aforementioned Volkswagen Golf 7, including a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline unit with cylinder deactivation and the 1.6-liter TDI that should allow the car to have CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km. The more frugal Octavia Greenline is also expected to make a comeback, along with a more potent vRS model that will probably be motivated by the 2.0-liter turbocharged EA888 gasoline unit that will also be available for the new VW Golf.