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New-gen Škoda Octavia revealed as debut nears

Škoda has released new images of its fourth-generation Octavia ahead of its launch this summer.

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Due to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, which was cancelled due to the epidemic, the Octavia estate and hatchback were initially unveiled last month in their sportiest vRS iV guise. This will feature a plug-in hybrid – marking Škoda’s first use of a PHEV in a sporty, top-of-the-range model – featuring a 150hp, 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, married up with an 114hp electric motor, giving a total 245hp. However, depending on the market, there will also be a 204hp iV plug-in hybrid plus petrol and diesel versions, including e-TEC mild hybrid variants.

Alongside the new powertrains, the fourth-gen hatch is also more spacious than before, thanks to being 19mm longer and 15mm wider, with an extra 10 litres of boot space, giving a total of 600 litres.

Exterior updates bring new headlights with LED technology and alloys up to 19 inches.

Details of the interior are yet to be revealed but Škoda promises striking styling with a two-spoke steering wheel, multi-level dashboard, LED ambient lighting, plus new, soft-touch materials to bring a more premium feel. It will also offer latest connectivity features and assistance systems.

The Octavia hatch range mirrors that of the estate, and is offered with three special First Edition trim levels and three engine options. Highlights of the First Editions include third-generation MIB infotainment systems, Virtual Cockpit digital display, and Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay.

Other features include a shift-by-wire DSG selector and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.

UK pricing and specification details for the Octavia hatch and estate will be announced in the run-up to the launch. The new models will also feature in Škoda’s Virtual Showroom; the service enables drivers and fleets to get up close and personal with the brand’s latest vehicles and is still operating during the pandemic thanks to team members showcasing vehicles from their drive.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.