|The new Skoda Octavia started a brand new year for the Eastern European marque with fresh implementations.|
New Skoda Octavia gets fresh implementations for 2013
Into its 3rd generation, the Skoda Octavia sets some new standards in the compact segment with its updated exterior motif, generous cabin space, abundance of interior conveniences and safety features, and more efficient engines.
The previous Octavia standard and the Octavia VRS variants were brought to the country by Bermaz Motor, however due to the non-competitive pricings these desirable Skoda variants never made much of an impact in the country. In the near future, it is possible that Berjaya would find another distributor to revive the Skoda marque.
Meantime, the 3rd Gen Octavia takes up a revised design from head to toe, according to its Chief designerJozef Kabaň. From the front to the rear, the new Octavia appears more dynamic and oozes that premium factor. Compared to its predecessor, the Octavia has grown significantly in length (90mm longer), width (45mm wider) and wheelbase (by 108 mm). This translates to a bigger interior cabin and more space at the rear.
The front of the car is assured and confident thanks to an emphasis on horizontal lines and a new location for the ŠKODA logo. The side aspect of the new Octavia has become markedly more dynamic when compared to its predecessor. This is down to the long wheelbase as well as to the shortened front overhang and a C pillar pulled far backwards. The high, sharp tornado line provides the car with optical stretch and distinctively highlights its coupé-like silhouette. A special new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called “fin” – a small, but effective design idea providing the car with a forceful appearance and direction.
|A view inside the new Skoda Octavia.|
Interior-wise, the new Skoda Octavia is the best in class in terms of space offering. Specifically, the car has more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). Also best in class is the boot volume at 590 liters. For in-cabin entertainment, the Octavia takes on the touch display with proximity sensor and swiping functionality and new generation of radio and navigation system with CANTON Sound System for occupants’ on-the-road listening pleasures. Standard and optional items include foldable cargo elements for the boot, a double-sided floor covering in the boot, an ice scraper (depending on countries), a warning vest holder, a multimedia holder, a large overhead sunglasses compartment and plenty storage compartments for small items. Additionally, the panoramic sunroof, Keyless-entry-Start-and-Exit-system, fuel-error prevention function and a boot cover are included in the list of conveniences and amenities.
Newly-developed petrol and 1.6 liter diesel engines power the new Octavia, as per the world’s auto regulations to downgrade powertrains. Octavia GreenLine Diesel edition is estimated to be super fuel efficient at 3.4l per 100km and emits a very low CO2 of 89g/km. In all, four petrol engines and four modern TDI common-rail diesel engines are available, with a natural-gas version planned for later. Except for the relevant entry-level petrol and diesel option, all engines now are available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and recuperation. The line-up runs all the way to the top option, the 1.8 TSI with 132 kW and in the near future, the Octavia RS. Manual and automatic DSG transmissions are combined to the powertrains, while Octavia all-wheel-drive versions are currently in the works.
The new Skoda Octavia excels in safety equipment list as well. The extensive list includes Front Assistant/emergency braking function (from May 2013), Lane Assistant, multicollision-braking/automatic brake actuation, Crew Protect Assistant or Driver Activity Assistant, Adaptive Cruise Assistant, Intelligent Light Assistant and Automatic Parking Assistant. In the area of passive safety, up to nine airbags, finely interacting with 3-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Knee airbags (standard in EU countries) and rear side airbags are available for the first time in a Skoda Octavia.