Skoda Octavia Third generation
|Assembly||Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic|
|Body style||5-door liftback 5-door estate|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group MQB|
|Engine||1.2 L I4 (t/c petrol) 1.4 L I4 (t/c petrol) 1.8 L I4 (t/c petrol) 1.6 L I4 (t/c diesel) 2.0 L I4 (t/c diesel)|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed DSG 7-speed DSG|
|Wheelbase||2,667 mm (105.0 in)|
|Length||4,659 mm (183.4 in)|
|Width||1,814 mm (71.4 in)|
|Height||1,462 mm (57.6 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,225–1,350 kg (2,701–2,976 lb)|
|Related||Audi A3 Mk3 SEAT León Mk3 Volkswagen Golf Mk7|
The third generation Octavia was revealed on 11 December 2012, at the Škoda museum in Mladá Boleslav.It was designed by Jozef Kabaň.
The new model is 9 cm (4 in) longer and 4.5 cm (2 in) wider than the second generation and the wheelbase lengthened by 8.9 cm (3.5 in). It is also up to 102 kilograms lighter than the previous model. At the interior, an 8-inch touch-screen display, also used in the Volkswagen Golf, is available, as well as an electric panoramic roof. The luggage compartment volume is a class leading 590 litres (21 cu ft), slightly more than the 565 litres (20.0 cu ft) of the larger Volkswagen PassatOctavia customers wishing to carry more can opt, from May 2013, for the Kombi (estate/ station wagon) version with its 610 litres (22 cu ft) luggage capacity.
New safety features on upmarket versions include forward collision warning, driver fatigue detection system, driver knee airbag, rear side airbags and active bonnet. Other assistance systems that will be available are lane-keeping assistant, adaptive cruise control, parking assistant or traffic sign recognition system.
Engine outputs are offered of 86–179 PS (63–132 kW) on petrol/gasoline fueled cars and 90–150 PS (66–110 kW) for the diesel engines. A GreenLine version, producing only 89 grams of CO2 per km, will also be offered. All-wheel drive transmission will become available as an option at a later date for the RS and Combi versions.
Previously, photos of the car covered in light camouflage were released to the media in late October 2012, after other pre-production cars had already been spotted on several occasions during the same month
It was once again spotted, this time without camouflage, on 18 November 2012, in Santiago, Chile, in both liftback and estate body styles, during the filming of a TV advertisement.
The car began to appear in showrooms in key European markets in February 2013. In the second half of the previous month, a brief road test published in Auto, Motor und Sport compared the car favourably with similarly priced but less spacious models from Ford, Opel and Hyundai.