The premiere of the new Skoda OctaviaNovember 12, 2019
Skoda revealed all the details about the new Octavia. The fourth-generation model has become larger, received a revolutionary salon and for the first time acquired a rechargeable hybrid version
Skoda showed Octavia in two body types at once, and the station wagon will enter the European market a few weeks before the liftback. The two-volume priority is not accidental: in Europe, the Combi version accounts for more than 50 percent of Octavius sales. The novelty has slightly increased in size: the width increased by 15 millimeters to 1829 millimeters, the length increased to 4689 millimeters (+22 millimeters relative to the previous station wagon), with the wheelbase unchanged.
Externally, Octavia has become closer to the flagship – a restyled Skoda Superb: the similarities are manifested in the design of the bumpers, the design of the rear lights and general proportions. Engineers and designers managed to reduce the drag coefficient by 0.05: now Cx liftback is 0.24, and the station wagon – 0.26.
The interior of the new Octavia is technologically similar to the eighth generation Golf: Volkswagen borrowed 10.25-inch dashboard and multimedia systems screens, a projection display, a panoramic roof touch control and a miniature non-fixed robotic transmission selector. The new infotainment complex can be controlled by voice messages and access the Internet from it.
Despite digitalization, the physical keys did not disappear: a block of eight buttons remained above the air ducts, in addition, the familiar rotary light switch to the left of the steering wheel was replaced with a remote control. Options were added: Octavia will be available for the first time with matrix optics, ventilated front seats with massage and a three-zone climate control.
In addition, the fourth generation has become even more spacious: Skoda promises greater comfort for second-row passengers and announces an increase in boot volume by 30 liters to 640 liters with the station wagon.
So far, Skoda has revealed a range of engines only for the European market. The line of gasoline turbo engines consists of a liter three-cylinder unit for 110 forces, a one and a half liter “four” with a capacity of 150 horsepower and a two-liter “four” with a return of 190 horsepower. Base motors are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-band “robot”, the top version can be ordered only with DSG-7. Up to 10 percent of fuel can be saved on the initial gasoline versions with a “robot” by ordering a moderately hybrid version with a 48-volt starter generator.
The diesel Octavia is available with a single two-liter turbo engine in three recoil options – 115, 150 or 200 horsepower. The most powerful version of the “Octavia” can be ordered with all-wheel drive. The Skoda Octavia G-Tec dual-fuel with a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter engine, which is equipped with methane cylinders and a gas tank, also made its debut.
The performance of the Octavia iV stands out separately – a rechargeable hybrid with the ability to drive on “clean” electric traction up to 55 kilometers through the WLTP cycle. Under the hood, the Octavia iV is an old 1.4 TSI supercharged engine, paired with an electric motor built into a 6-speed robot. The power plant at the peak produces 204 or 245 horsepower. The disadvantage of the Octavia iV is about 25 percent less roomy trunk.
Sales of the new “Octavia” in Europe will begin in early 2020.
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