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Skoda has been focusing lately on expanding its SUV lineup with the introduction of the Kodiaq and the Karoq, with a subcompact model due to land in 2019. But with a whopping 418,800 units delivered last year, the Octavia remains by far the company’s most successful model by generating almost double the sales compared to the firm’s second most popular model, the Rapid (211,500 units).

Even though the Octavia III was facelifted last year (and updated early 2018 with a digital instrument cluster), work is already well underway at the fourth-gen model slated to arrive at the beginning of 2020. Skoda has been kind enough to disclose some preliminary details about the new compact car, which will retain the hatchback body style while looking like a sedan.

As with basically all modern Skodas, focus will be on practicality once again, but the Octavia IV (fifth if you’re counting the original 1959 model) will also usher in some new technologies made possible by the updated MQB platform. The Czech marque is so confident in its upcoming product that sales and marketing boss, Alan Favey, is describing the model as being “state of the art” and with a bright future up ahead.

It will borrow hardware from the eighth-generation Golf coming next year and is expected to be offered with mild hybrid powertrains as well as a plug-in hybrid setup. Details about the engine lineup are scarce at the moment, but Auto Express is reporting the familiar 1.5 TSI gasoline unit will be offered and it might be joined by a newly developed 1.5 TDI.

No official word about styling just yet, though we’re not expecting the new Octavia to be a stunner. Skodas are not exactly known for being attractive cars, but at least rumor has it the split headlights will become a thing of the past. Indeed, a recent report indicates the compact car will revert to a classic setup encompassing wider clusters extending to the center of the front fascia to meet the grille.

Meanwhile, Skoda is putting the finishing touches on a revised version of its flagship car, the Superb, while working on a VW Golf-rivaling Rapid that will go by another name. The aforementioned B-segment crossover will arrive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as a follow-up to the Vision X concept.

Source: Auto Express

Gallery: 2017 Skoda Octavia RS 245

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