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Wednesday, 18 January 2017
The new updated Skoda Octavia to carry the torch into the future and continue high sales too.
An even more streamlined design, new headlights with LED technology
Reworked interior, optional colour-controllable LED ambient lighting
New infotainment systems in a glass design
ŠKODA Connect: mobile online services for improved assistance and infotainment
New driver assistance systems for even greater safety and comfort
Two TSI engines and three TDI engines ranging from 115 PS to 184 PS
All-wheel drive for the top-of-the-range models, optional Dynamic Chassis Control
Two vRS models: 2.0 TDI with 184 PS, 2.0 TSI with 230 PS
The best rally car within its class: ŠKODA presents the WRC2 World Champion FABIA R5
An even more striking design, new equipment and state-of-the-art technology for assistance, infotainment and connectivity – the ŠKODA Octavia presents its new face for the first time. The comprehensive upgrade has been applied to the hatchback as well as the Estate.
It is the heart and soul of ŠKODA, it embodies all of the Czech car manufacturer’s strengths and lays the foundations for its success – the ŠKODA Octavia.
This compact car offers interior space that is among the most generous in its segment and brings equipment and technology of a mid-size car into the compact class. Its design is striking, its quality is on the highest level, and above all it represents exceptional value for money.
The Octavia is ŠKODA’s top seller: since its market launch in 1996, the Czech car manufacturer has produced more than five million ŠKODA Octavias.
In 2016, now in its third generation, the large compact car made up more than 40 per cent of ŠKODA’s total sales worldwide with 436,000 vehicles sold. 255,000 cars found buyers in Europe, 4.2 per cent more than in the previous year. In the UK the Octavia enjoyed its best ever year with 23,068 registrations, up 2% on the previous year, with more than 20% of those badged vRS (+18% on 2015).
The model range has expanded: additions are the all-terrain Octavia Scout and vRS models, which – as with the higher-end variants – are increasingly appealing to our customers’ needs. Comprehensively upgraded, the Octavia hatchback and the Octavia Estate are now starting the second half of their life cycle.
The ŠKODA design team has streamlined the Octavia’s lines even further.
The new front end with wider radiator grille, which has been expanded by introducing additional headlights with a crystalline look, and the even wider air inlets with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumper create a masculine and dynamic look – instilling the car with an instantly recognisable face.
As an option, the headlights are available in full-LED technology with adaptive front headlights (AFS).
The LED tail lights come in a choice of two variants; the C-shaped lights now illuminate in a uniform manner across the surface. The upgraded ŠKODA Octavia has grown by 11mm (hatch) and 8mm (Estate) in length, and the width of its rear track has increased by 20 or 30 mm (depending on engine and rear axle).
The interior comes across as high-quality and functional, the multifunction display and the air-conditioning controls have been retouched slightly. Subtle lighting units in the doors (optional) provide ambient lighting which can be adjusted to one of ten different colours.
Infotainment systems and ŠKODA Connect
The infotainment systems in the ŠKODA Octavia are part of a new generation. Their capacitive displays react to even the lightest touch. All the infotainment systems (optional) feature a glass design, starting with the 8.0-inch Bolero unit.
The top-of-the-range Columbus navigation system comes with a 9.2-inch display, provides passengers with a Wi-Fi hotspot and has an optional extra LTE module for super fast data transfer. In addition, Phonebox enables inductive smartphone charging.
The connectivity features are also groundbreaking. ŠKODA Connect offers a range of new mobile online services that are divided into two categories, with the Infotainment Online services providing information and entertainment, and the Care Connect services providing assistance and support.
Other online services, including remote access to the car, operate using the ŠKODA Connect app on your smartphone. The SmartLink+ platform incorporates the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink™ and SmartGate standards to pair the mobile phone with the car.
Driver assistance systems
The new generation of electronic assistance systems makes driving the upgraded ŠKODA Octavia even safer and more comfortable.
They surpass the usual level in the compact segment by far – in typical ŠKODA style – and there is a wide range to choose from. Trailer Assist, the Predictive Pedestrian Protection function, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert are new to the portfolio.
The same applies to Crew Protect Assist; it works together with Front Assist including the City Emergency Braking function. Park Assist comes in a new, enhanced configuration.
Engines and chassis
The range of engines consists of two TSI engines and three TDI engines; they combine strong performance with low consumption. Their power ranges from 115 PS to 184 PS.
Besides manual gearboxes, DSG transmissions with six speeds are available for almost all of the engines; ŠKODA offers all-wheel drive for the 2.0 TDI. Optional Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is a highlight for the chassis – with it, the driver can regulate the character of the suspension by selecting the Comfort, Normal or Sport modes. All engines conform to the Euro 6 standard.
Interior space and equipment
When it comes to interior space, the ŠKODA Octavia continues to set benchmarks. The hatchback and the Estate each offer 1,782 mm of interior length and 73 mm of kneeroom in the rear. Their boot capacities measure 590 and 610 litres respectively, with the back seats folded down it’s 1,580/1,740 litres. For the Estate, an electric tailgate is available as an option.
Some new ideas have been added to the many ‘Simply Clever‛ features already offered by the ŠKODA Octavia to date: two USB ports in the rear, folding tray tables on the back of the front seats, bottle holders that make the opening of PET bottles easier, and a removable LED torch in the Estate’s boot. The heated steering wheel and customisable keys in particular ensure extra comfort and convenience.
The vRS models
At the top end of the upgraded Octavia portfolio are two vRS engine variants – the 2.0 TSI petrol and the 2.0 TDI diesel. The hatchback and the Estate combine their high performance with the great strengths of the model range and the new groundbreaking technology for the infotainment, connectivity and assistance systems.
The vRS models also present themselves in the new, streamlined design with the expressive four-eyed face.
The headlights, fog lights and tail lights feature LED technology; details like the black radiator grille, the distinctive air ducts, the spoiler and the large exhaust pipes hint at the dynamic character. In the interior, there are vRS sports seats with leather/fabric covers (Alcantara® as an option), elegant decorative strips and ambient lighting.
For the ŠKODA Octavia RS 2.0 TSI, the power output has been increased to 230 PS, the top speed is 155 mph. The 184 PS 2.0 TDI wows with its efficiency – 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle (115 grams of CO2/km). The vRS models are available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed DSG transmission.
The sports chassis lowers the body by 15 mm, the rear track is 30 mm wider than before. Wheel dimensions range from 18 to 19 inches. The ESC stability system with XDS+ electronic inter-wheel lock, and Performance Mode Select with the Performance Sound Generator (optional) complete the dynamic character of the upgraded Octavia vRS models.
The ŠKODA FABIA R5 rally car
At the press event for the upgraded Octavia in Vienna, ŠKODA presents yet another highlight – the FABIA R5, the winning rally car in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2).
Having started seven times in the WRC 2 with the ŠKODA FABIA R5, the Finnish works crew Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm scooped the world championship drivers’ classification with four victories and two other podium finishes.
In total, the car won 10 of the 13 world championship rallies. In addition, ŠKODA won the continental championships in South America, Asia-Pacific and in the Middle East as well as ten national titles in the 2016 season.
“The many national and international titles and victories show that we have created a real winners’ car with the ŠKODA FABIA R5.,” said Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “The entire ŠKODA team is very proud of the extraordinary successes of our motorsport team.”
The best rally car within its class is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine, which produces 205 kW (290 PS) and 420 Nm of torque. A sequential five-speed transmission transfers the power to the 4×4 drive system that uses mechanical differentials on both axles.
The wheel dimensions are 15 inches on gravel and 18 inches on tarmac. In accordance with regulations, the minimum weight for the rally car, which is just short of four metres long, is 1,230 kg; the price for customer teams is 180,000 euros.