Published on October 28th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Skoda Revamps the Octavia
Skoda has made major revisions to the bestseller. The Skoda Octavia will be available from the end of 2016 with a newly designed front and rear section, state-of-the-art driver assistance solutions, infotainment and connectivity, as well as new equipment. The compact model is presented in top form as both a saloon and estate, and once again highlights its unique position in the category.
The Skoda Octavia is the Czech automaker’s best-selling model by far. At the upper end of its segment, Skoda’s bestseller has set new standards in terms of space, functionality, safety and comfort technology, design and value for money. In the 20 years since the 1996 reintroduction of the Skoda Octavia, five million customers from all over the world have opted for one of the model versions in the Octavia family. With the extensively revised version of the Skoda Octavia, the brand plans to continue the success story of its predecessors and to further strengthen Skoda’s position in the international markets.
The space available in the revised Skoda Octavia remains one of the largest in its class. Both the saloon and estate offer 1782 millimetres of interior space and 73 millimetres of legroom in the rear. Their luggage compartments measure 590 and 610 litres, respectively; with folded rear seat backrests up to 1580 and 1740 litres respectively. There is an optional electric tailgate available for Octavia Combi.
The revision has brought new infotainment systems to the Skoda Octavia. All four – Swing and Bolero as well as the navigation systems Amundsen and Columbus – now have capacitive displays in glass design that respond to light touch. The Columbus now features a full 9.2-inch display; the top system has a WLAN hotspot and, if desired, a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast connection to the Internet.
The revised Skoda Octavia also offers state-of-the-art solutions for connectivity. Skoda Connect is divided into Infotainment Online and CareConnect. CareConnect is available in all equipment variants (except G-TEC) of the revised Skoda Octavia.
The revised Skoda Octavia is also moving ahead with assistance systems – with technologies that have so far only been used in the mid-class. If the Octavia is used as a towing vehicle, the trailer assistant will take over the steering when the vehicle is slowly reversing. . Predictive pedestrian protection complements Front Assist. In addition, the parking assistant has been further optimized. Thanks to the rear radar, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert ensure safe lane changes and also help while reversing out of a parking space. The rear-view camera displays the car’s immediate surroundings on the on-board monitor
New features have been added to the Skoda Octavia’s numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions: a customizable key, allowing multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, folding tables on the back of the front seats, bottle holders which facilitate the opening of PET bottles, and the estate version features a removable torch in the boot.
The five TSI and four TDI that make up the engine programme combine strong performance with low fuel consumption. Their displacements range from 1.0 to 2.0 litres, the output range begins at 63 kW (84 hp) and ends at 135 kW (184 hp). For almost all engines in the revised Skoda Octavia, a DSG transmission with six or seven gears is available in addition to manual transmission. Skoda supplies all-wheel drive 4×4 for the 1.8 l TSI and the 2.0 l TDI. A highlight in the chassis is the optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), which enables the driver to regulate the steering and damping characteristics in the Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. The light alloy wheels range from 16 to 18 inches and come in numerous new designs.
The revised Skoda Octavia saloon and estate version will be available in the first markets from the end of 2016. Deliveries will begin in early 2017.