Skoda has officially unveiled the 2013 Octavia.
Designed to set new "standards in the compact segment," the model has an evolutionary design with a prominent grille, a sloping roofline and a distinctive rear door "fin." Overall, the model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than its predecessor. It also rides on a wheelbase that has been expanded by 108mm.
The restrained styling carries over to the cabin as the model has an attractive and functional interior. Notable highlights include a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim, updated infotainment systems and an optional panorama glass roof. The Octavia also has a best-in-class cargo capacity of 590 liters (20.8 cubic feet).
Options include Adaptive Cruise Assistant (intelligent cruise control), Automatic Parking Assistant and Intelligent Light Assistant which automatically switches the high-beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is detected.
A total of nine different engines will be available including four petrols, four diesels and a natural gas variant. Detailed specifications haven't been announced but Skoda confirmed there will be a 1.8-liter TSI with 179 HP (132 kW) and a GreenLine variant with a 1.6-liter TDI that develops 110 HP (81 kW). The latter model will average 3.4 L/100km (69.1 mpg US / 83.0 mpg UK) and have CO2 emissions of 89 g/km.
Regardless of which engine is selected, it will be connected to a "modern manual" or a DSG transmission. Front wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be optional.
Check out the press release for additional information