2019 Skoda Octavia Leak
A Skoda IT Issue gives us our first non-disguised view of the 2019-2020 Skoda Octavia
We love the Skoda Octavia. This affordable saloon, full innovative features, efficient engines and premium technology can take on premium equivalents from the German manufactures like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class and even the Audi A4.
Fortunately, Skoda are due to release their brand new update for the Octavia in the next few months. However, in a presumed IT error, the Czech automobile manufacturer has published the design of the updates Octavia to the Skoda car configurator.
The new Skoda Octavia benefits from updated modern styling with characterful creases running down the full length of the bodywork; no to dissimilar to the full-length creases found found on the current Audi A4. These creases blend in seamlessly with the updated bonnet to create the same effect as on the A4. This hopefully means that Volkswagen Group are going to utilise the hydraulic bonnet opening used on many of its premium offerings on the new Skoda Octavia.
The Octavia also sees an updated front grille and headlights that are near-identical to early concept designs from Skoda.
The new 2019 2020 Skoda Octavia will also benefit from brand new mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains that are both more fuel efficient and provide additional power when accelerating from a standstill and between gear changes. These electric powertrains will be based on the same system adopted on the Volkswagen Golf.
UK.Motors.com recently spied an in-testing version of the new Skoda Octavia and have managed to take a photo of the interior of the new model. In this photo we can see what is presumibilly a high-spec variant with a 12.3 inch drivers instrument display, an exceptionally large multimedia display on the interior and an unusual “toggle-style” gear selector.
This updated interior is expected to feature higher quality plastics and a new piano black trim. Although this model features the new dominating multimedia display and digital drivers binnacle, it is likely that cheaper models will be fitted with a 6.5 inch display and analogue dials. The car also includes a hand rest design for the screen as seen on the brand new Skoda Scala.
Looking at this interior, German rivals will certainly have to take a long look in the mirror on their next refresh to compete with this incredible interior from Skoda.
Auto Express reports that Skoda’s CEO, Benard Maiher, confirmed the new Octavia’s production at the Skoda annual conference, stating: “The Octavia remains our best-selling product. We sold 388,200 units of the car in 2018, even in its seventh year of life. We will introduce a new generation of Octavia later this year, just in time for the model’s 60th birthday.”
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Volkswagen Group are not expected to offer much in the way of new engines with the 2020 Octavia. The cheapest engine is expected to be a 1.0 litre petrol engine that produces 114bhp. However, the best engine is likely to be VW Group’s 1.5 litre engine with cylinder deactivation and 148bhp.
Auto Express also reports that Skoda CEO, Bernard Maiher stated: “We won’t drop the smaller engines. We are not premium. Octavia will be a normal car for normal people – a smart choice.”
Author: Alex Charnock
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