We have seen our fair proportion of preview photos exhibiting the brand new Octavia since Skoda had an unusually lengthy teaser marketing campaign for its best-selling product, however now the wait is lastly over. It’s fairly a busy day for the VAG model as they don’t seem to be solely exhibiting the wagons prominently within the teaser marketing campaign, but additionally their plug-in hybrid derivatives with the usual liftback and “IV” badging.
Debuting at a standalone occasion in Prague, the Octavia 4 (the fifth in case you’re counting the 1959-1971 fashions), follows within the footsteps of the brand new Volkswagen Golf revealed final month. The Czech sibling of Europe’s best-selling automobile stays on the excessive finish of the compact phase in terms of measurement because the liftback is now 19 mm longer and 15 mm wider than earlier than, at 4689 mm and 1829 mm respectively. The Combi – Europe’s best-selling wagon – has additionally been elongated (+22 mm) and widened (+15 mm) and now has the identical size because the liftback. Each have the identical wheelbase of 2686 mm or the identical.
This elevated footprint may not appear to be such an important thought in case you plan to make use of the Octavia 4 within the metropolis, on condition that the earlier automobile was already fairly huge, however there are some advantages. For instance, the liftback’s cargo capability has elevated from 10 liters to 600 liters whereas the wagon’s has elevated from 30 liters to 640 liters. Plus, the needroom for the rear passengers is healthier than ever – 78mm or 5mm longer than the mannequin that replaces it.
Magnificence is within the eye of the beholder, however with the Octavia 3 facelift being closely criticized for its “four-eye” look, we predict many are proud of Skoda’s choice to return to common headlights. Optionally obtainable with Matrix LED know-how, the headlights are sleeker than the older mannequin and provides a high-tech look to the automobile. Just like the facelifted Very good, the fog lights are noticeable from the entrance, whereas the company grille now has extra edges than earlier than.
The aspect profile hasn’t modified that a lot, however Skoda mentions that new 19-inch alloy wheels can be found and there are new colours often known as Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue. As well as, consumers will be capable of go for chrome and dynamic packages whereas the wagon will get redesigned shallow roof rails. Apparently, the drag coefficient has been diminished to 0.24 for the liftback and 0.26 for the wagon to enhance gas effectivity and cut back emissions. Go for one of many two plug-in hybrid variations and there will likely be an extra cap on the entrance fender to cover the charging port.
Transferring to the rear, the Scala-esque taillights allow a extra fashionable look in addition to the elevated width of the Octavia because the cluster now extends over the tailgate for the primary time. Full-LED taillights profit from dynamic indicators and somewhat “dance” with the entrance lights every time the automobile is locked/unlocked, as seen in Audis.
Different modifications value noting on the rear embrace the liftback’s considerably questionable choice to take away the gently tilted trunk lid and company badge and change it with a bigger “Skoda” brand. The wagon has a big roof-mounted spoiler and comes with rear wipers as customary, however you will should pay additional to have it put in on the liftback.
Stepping inside, VW has revolutionized the Golf, Octavia has a reporter as Skoda’s essential mannequin incorporates a model new dashboard just like the one put in in Wolfsburg’s fashionable hatchback. There was a well-integrated touchscreen for the infotainment system as there’s now a tablet-like show on the prime of the dashboard, which is positioned to the correct of the instrument cluster.
The digital driver’s show measures 10.25 inches whereas the infotainment system varies from 8.25 to 10 inches relying on the extent of the tools. Just under the principle show on the middle console is a Contact Bar that gives fast entry to regulate some settings like audio quantity or the navigation map’s zoom.
The flowery two-spoke steering wheel is making its debut on manufacturing Skoda and provides the driving force entry to 14 completely different features. Choose fashions outfitted with an automated transmission undertake shift-by-wire know-how inherited from the Golf and the chunky gear levers of the earlier Octavia will likely be changed by a smaller selector. LED ambient lighting on the door playing cards and dashboard will likely be supplied in 10 choose colours, as will a newly developed non-compulsory Canton sound system, and as much as 5 USB-C ports complemented by a 230V energy outlet.
So far as the oily bits are involved, the engine lineup is clearly just like that of the brand new Golf. It begins with a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI gasoline unit that develops 110 hp and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft), the most effective you will get with mild-hybrid know-how. The four-cylinder 1.5 TSI is rated at 150 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) and can be obtainable in an electrified model, each of which have the “E-TEC” badge.
The quickest Octavia when launched will likely be a DSG-only 2.0 TSI-equipped model growing 190 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), good for 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.9 Will occur. seconds and a prime pace of 144 mph (232 km/h).
On the diesel aspect, the two.0 TDI will likely be obtainable with 116hp, 150hp and 200hp with both a six-speed handbook or a seven-speed DSG. Torque for the diesel can go as much as 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) for the all-wheel-drive mannequin, which can full the dash in 7.1 seconds.
Then there’s the 1.5 TSI G-TEC, which is koda’s means of referring to a model developed to run on compressed pure fuel (CNG). It makes use of a four-cylinder mill mated to a six-speed handbook or a seven-speed DSG that sends 130 hp and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) to the wheels.
Just like the Very good IV and Golf GTE, the brand new Octavia will likely be supplied with a plug-in hybrid system at a mixed 204 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) courtesy of a 1.4 TSI gasoline engine and an electrical motor. It’s tipped to work with a six-speed DSG and a 13-kWh battery pack, providing an electrical vary of 55 kilometers (34 mi) based mostly on WLTP. Do needless to say going for the PHEV mannequin can have a unfavorable affect on the cargo quantity, which can come right down to 450 liters for the liftback and 470 liters for the wagon.
The long-roof mannequin would be the first mannequin to go on sale as it’s the extra fashionable physique type, with a liftback to comply with a number of weeks later. The sturdy Scout and sporty RS have been confirmed for a 2020 launch.