The next-generation Skoda Octavia will “move upmarket”, according to company sources. Entry-level versions of the replacement model will cost slightly more than today’s car, and more expensive higher-end versions are expected to join the line-up.
The new version of the Octavia is expected to arrive next year. It will be based on VW’s new MQB platform, which allows Skoda to offer both a natural gas version (important in emerging markets) and a plug-in hybrid.
The arrival of the Rapid hatchback has allowed Skoda to increase the Octavia’s size and align its pricing closer to that of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
Skoda sources are confident that the brand, once vilified, is now in a stronger position than some of Europe’s established volume car-makers.