Skoda has added a new member to the growing Octavia range by introducing a version which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Skoda has added a new member to the growing Octavia range by introducing a version which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).

It was only yesterday when the Czech marque announced there will be some "surprises" at the firm's stand in Geneva next month and now they have revealed a CNG-running version of the Octavia which will be sold with the G-TEC moniker. At its heart is a four-cylinder, 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 110 HP (81 kW) to the front axle.

This is a bivalent Euro 6-compliant engine as it's also compatible with compressed natural gas and comes equipped with systems such as regenerative braking and a start/stop system. When running on CNG, the Skoda Octavia G-TEC will travel for up to 254 miles (410 km) and will have CO2 emissions of 97 g/km. If gasoline is the fuel of choice, the liftback will provide a range of 571 miles (920 km) while running on both fuels will grant the vehicle with an impressive range of 826 miles (1,330 km).

Skoda will showcase the Octavia G-TEC in Geneva early next month together with the rugged-looking all-wheel drive Scout derivative and they will also preview a coupe version through the VisionC design study.

Skoda Octavia G-TEC announced, runs on compressed natural gas