Next-gen Skoda Octavia leaked

Marco Green
October 22, 2019

In the worldwide market, the vehicle is likely to be offered with 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines and a 2.0-litre diesel unit.

The next generation Skoda Octavia has leaked ahead of its official unveiling, which is scheduled for November 11, 2019. This time, the carmaker's model configurator on its website has given away the design.

The new generation Skoda Octavia is based on a modified version of the MQB platform and is expected to boast of a larger footprint. It is one of the 5 models Skoda has planned to launch in the country by 2021, under its India 2.0 strategy.

Among the most prominent changes is the pair of headlights, which were previously split units. It has a new front bumper, which houses a set of fog lamps. While the rear is yet to be revealed, the Octavia's notchback styling will return on the new generation model, while the vehicle will get new LED taillights that now overlap the boot-lid. Another striking element is the sharp boot lid design. However, VW insiders tell us that the Mk8 Golf will use a greater percentage of lightweight metal, reducing kerbweight by around 50kg - that could also be the case for the Octavia. Spy shots have revealed that it will come with a virtual cockpit instrument cluster, a floating touchscreen infotainment system and a new two-spoke steering wheel. However, the vRS performance brand is also still very much alive, so we should see more powerful options to make this the fastest Octavia yet.

Mechanically, it will continue to be offered with the same powertrains as the current model. And if not that, there's also rumours about a 48V mild-hybrid motor making its way into the new Octavia.

The 2020 Octavia's engine range will be familiar, featuring an updated iteration of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol at the bottom of the range, with the 1.5-litre "TSI Evo" unit also available.

The purported image of the new-gen Octavia was leaked via Skoda's online auto configurator and was posted on the Skoda Community DE forum.

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