New Octavia launched

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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Skoda has taken the covers off its new Octavia. The new car is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing model, riding on a wheelbase that has also been expanded by 108mm.

With the new Octavia, Skoda has taken a more bold approach in styling, with a prominent grille, sloping roofline and a fin-like kink at the rear door.

The new design theme is reflected in the cabin as well, which boasts a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim and a re-worked infotainment system.

Features that drivers can fiddle with include Adaptive Cruise Assistant, Automatic Parking Assistant and Intelligent Light Assistant. The Octavia leads its segment in terms of cargo capacity, with its maximum load rated at 590 liters.

Like many VW-derived cars for the European market, the Octavia will come with a host of engine options. This time, the choice is made up of four petrols, four diesels and a natural gas option as well. Engines that have been revealed by Skoda are the 179hp 1.8-litre TSI and 110hp 1.6-litre TDi lumps. All engines will be mated to a “modern manual” transmission, which is Skoda language for DSG.

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