Based on the same MQB platform and wheelbase as the Octavia hatchback, the new "five-door coupé" will echo the styling of the Volkswagen CC, with lower roofline, shallower side windows and more steeply raked windscreen. Unlike the VW, the new car will have a hatchback, rather than a conventional boot.
The new model is intended to provide Skoda with a much-needed glamour boost in a range that is currently dominated by well-regarded but thoroughly practical models.
Officially, Skoda says that the ‘VisionC’ design study also indicates the next step in the "development of the Skoda design language", but the firm is know to have a more rakish version of the Octavia in its product plan.
Skoda is also likely to use this model to re-boot its high-performance vRS brand. Autocar understands that it will not be used on the next-generation Fabia supermini and the Czech carmaker will make use of the sub-brand on this new Octavia family model.