The switch to MQB underpinnings should mean the new Octavia will be lighter than the model it replaces, despite an increase in overall size. The new model is being made bigger to around 4.8 metres in length to give the new Skoda Rapid hatchback greater room to breath in the Skoda line-up.
An increase in overall size will also be accompanied by a premium push for Skoda’s global best-seller. Although entry-level versions of the new Octavia will stick to the car’s brief of offering more space than rivals for less money, top-end versions commanding a higher price tag will be added to the range.
Engines for the new Octavia will be taken from the new VW Golf. The staple engines of the range are likely to be a 1.4 TSI petrol with cylinder deactivation technology, and a 1.6 TDI that should slip below the 100g/km CO2 emission threshold even in models not badged as super-frugal Octavia Greelines.
A potent vRS version will top the line-up, using a version of the EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine destined for the new VW Golf.