The third generation of the Skoda Octavia model was officially revealed before the world wide premiere which will take place at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2013.
Skoda Octavia 3 was officially presented, after a serie of teaser images and spy shots of the car without camouflage ended up on the Internet. The third Skoda Octavia generation is the first model of the czech auto producer and is based on the new MQB modular platform of the Volkswagen group, the underlying platform for Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.
The dimensions of the new model are 4.695 mm length, 1.814 mm width, and the wheelbase is 2.686 mm which means that, compared to the current generation, Skoda Octavia 3 is 90 mm longer, 45 mm wider and has a wheelbase that is 108 mm bigger.
The bigger the exterior, the bigger the interior. So, the head space for the front seat passangers is 8 mm bigger than the previous generation, the elbow space is 26 mm wider in front and 39 mm wider in the back.
According to the Skoda officials, Octavia 3 has the most spacious interior among the compact class cars and the biggest trunck with a capacity of 590 liters.
The exterior design is closer to the Skoda Rapid design, and the interior was renewed with better quality materials.
Among the technologies which will be available on the Octavia 3 there is the new multimedia system and , a premiere for Skoda, the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, meaning an adaptive cruise control, and a traffic sign recognition system, which will be part of the “Traveller Assistant” package.
Other equipment which can be added on the Skoda Octavia third generation includes Intelligent Light Assistant, which automatically switches between low beam and driving lights, a panoramic ceiling and the Driving Mode Selection system, which allows the driver to choose how to drive ( for example: Sport or Comfort).
According to Skoda, the new Octavia will be available in Europe with an eight engine selection, amoing which a 1,4 liter TSI gasoline engine with 120 HP, another 1,8 liter TSI engine with 180 HP, but also a 1,6 liter TSI diesel engine which, in the GreenLine version, reaches up to 109 HP and has a medium intake of 3,4 l/100km and has only 89g/km carbon dioxide emissions.
Skoda Octavia 3 has front wheel traction and will be equipped with manual transmission or with DSG automatic transmission. The auto company’s officials said that, in the future, there will be versions available with all-wheel traction , but only the one with the break body.
Skoda Octavia 3 will be publicly presented in world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2013 and will get to the dealers shortly after.
At the end of 2013, Skoda will sell the best performing version of the model – Octavia RS, which will have under the hood the same 2,0 liter engine with turbochargers as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.