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Major revision for best-selling Skoda Octavia

The Octavia is the Czech automaker’s best-selling model: in the 20 years since its 1996 reintroduction five million cars have been sold all over the world

SKODA has made major revisions to its best-selling model, the Octavia.

Available internationally at the end of the year, the model features a newly designed front and rear section, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity, as well as additional new equipment which the makers say will “further enhance” its appeal. Both Hatch and Estate versions will be available.

SKODA CEO Bernhard Maier says: “As the ‘heart of the brand’, the Octavia has decisively shaped SKODA’s outstanding development from the very start, and has made the company what it is today: an internationally successful automotive manufacturer with a presence in more than 100 markets worldwide. With the now extensively revised SKODA Octavia, we are keen to continue this development sustainably.”

The Octavia is the Czech automaker’s best-selling model: in the 20 years since its 1996 reintroduction five million cars have been sold all over the world.
The lines of the new car have been further streamlined, especially at the front. The two adjacent headlights form the dual face and feature full-LED technology, while the front of the car features a more powerful appearance.

The space available remains one of the largest in its class. Both the saloon and estate offer 1782 millimetres of interior space and 73 millimetres of legroom in the rear. Their luggage compartments measure 590 and 610 litres respectively, and with folded rear seat backrests that goes up to 1580 and 1740 litres.

The revision has brought three new infotainment systems – Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus – which now have capacitive displays that respond to a light touch. The Columbus has a full 9.2-inch display; the top system has a WLAN hotspot and, if desired, a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast connection to the Internet.

State-of-the-art solutions for connectivity include SKODA Connect, which is divided into Infotainment Online and CareConnect.

There are also new assistance systems: if the car is used as a towing vehicle, the trailer assistant will take over the steering when the vehicle is slowly reversing. Predictive pedestrian protection complements Front Assist, while the parking assistant has been further optimised. Thanks to the rear radar, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert ensure safe lane changes and also help while reversing out of a parking space. The rear-view camera displays the car’s immediate surroundings via the on-board monitor.

New features have also been added to the Octavia’s ‘Simply Clever’ solutions: a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, bottle holders which facilitate the opening of bottles, and the estate version features a removable torch in the boot.

Two TSI and two TDI engines will be available from launch: 1.0 TSI 115PS, 1.4 TSI 150PS, 1.6 TDI 115PS and 2.0 TDI 150PS. For almost all engines a DSG transmission with six or seven gears is available instead of the manual transmission.

An optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) enables the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. The light alloy wheels range from 16 to 18 inches and come in numerous new designs.

The revised Octavia will be available in the first markets from the end of the year. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.

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