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Skoda unveils refreshed Octavia for 2017

New Octavia has been refreshed with a newly designed front and rear section, driver assistance systems and connectivity options ahead of its UK launch in early 2017.

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New features include a customisable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings.

Available in Hatch and Estate form, new Octavia features a wider nose and full-LED headlight technology. Inside, both models offer 1,782mm of interior space and 73mm of legroom in the rear. Luggage compartments measure 590 and 610 litres, respectively, with an on optional electric tailgate available for Estate.

The revision brings new infotainment systems to Octavia, featuring a 9.2-inch touchscreen display and, if desired, a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast internet connection.

The revised Octavia also moves ahead with assistance systems. If the vehicle is used for towing, the trailer assistant will take over the steering when the vehicle is slowly reversing. Predictive pedestrian protection complements Front Assist.

In addition, the parking assistant has been further optimised with a rear radar, and Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert 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 include 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.

The two TSI and two TDI engines available from launch in the UK are: 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 in addition to manual transmission.

Optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) enables the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in the Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. The light alloy wheels range from 16-18 inches and come in a number of new design options.

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Katie Beck

Katie joined Fleet World in 2012 as an editorial intern, following the completion of an English and American Literature BA from the University of East Anglia. She accepted a full-time position as an editorial assistant at the end of the internship period, and was promoted to the role of features editor in 2014. She works across the magazine and website portfolio, and administrates the social media channels.


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