Skoda Octavia 3 was finally presented after a period sprinkled with spy shots and teasers. The first official pictures of the new generation Octavia were uploaded on its official Facebook account. The model was unveiled at the automaker’s museum in Mlada Boleslav.
Skoda Octavia 3 represents the third generation of the Czech model, and has increased in size to make room in range for the new Skoda Rapid. Thus, the new generation of the Octavia is positioned between the compact segment and the middle segment, trying to approach the upper compact segment. Initial estimates announce a length increase of 250 mm (10 inches).
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Skoda Octavia 3 – Design & Engine
The new Skoda Octavia 3 resembles a bit with models like Volkswagen Jetta, the current generation of Passat, or the old Audi A6, taking design features from these models, in addition to the elements it shares with Rapid.
Responsible for the Octavia 3 design is Jozef Kaban, head of design at Skoda and the man who worked on the look of the Bugatti Veyron. From the beginning, Kaban wanted the new generation of Octavia to keep the values that have “consecrated” it, to ensure that will keep its customer base and that will be able to attract new clients with a more modern design, without any dramatic changes.
Skoda Octavia 3 will adopt the MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group, being the fourth model of the corporation which incorporates the new architecture, after Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon. The new platform allows Octavia 3 to grow in size, mandatory relocation with the arrival of the new Rapid, together with the availability of a new engine range, taken from Golf.
The entry-level of Skoda Octavia 3 is expected to be equipped with a 1.2-liter TSI petrol engine and 105 hp. The second engine in the range will be a 1.4 TSI with 140 hp. The diesel range will include the 1.6 and 2.0-liter TDI units that develop 105 and 150 hp. Just as with the previous generation, Octavia 3 will include both 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions and DSG units.
The new classification will increase the Skoda Octavia 3 price, according to some inside sources, but the model will come with high quality materials.
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