Further details of 2017 Skoda Octavia announced
11 January 2017
Author: James Richardson
More details of the heavily-revised Skoda Octavia hatchback and estate have been announced following initial details emerging in November last year. Orders for the new car will open towards the end of January and is likely to command a premium of only around £500 more than the current model.
Along with some significant styling updates - especially at the front and inside - the facelifted Octavia also debuts a large uplift in the number of connectivity options available.
Following in the footsteps of the Superb, this latest Octavia intends to build on that car's premium feel, with better interior quality, as well more standard equipment. Unfortunately, UK prices and specifications have yet to be confirmed, with these likely to be announced by the end of January 2017.
Under the bonnet, it's the 115hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that's of greatest interest to fleet buyers. This offers CO2 emissions of just 105g/km, which equates to fuel economy of 70.6mpg. This places it in the 23% 2017/18 BIK tax bracket.
Alongside this, there will also be a selection of 2.0-litre diesels, producing either 150- or 184hp (the latter in the high-performance vRS version) as well as a variety of petrol-engined variants.
The only petrol likely to be of much interest to the fleet market is the 114hp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder version, which returns 58.8mpg and emits 109g/km of CO2 in official tests. This puts it in the 20% 2017/18 BIK tax bracket. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The new car will be offered in six trim levels, with S models at the entry point to the range and going all the way up to hot vRS versions. Business buyers should be drawn to SE Technology trim, which is likely to include front and rear parking sensors, the Amundsen adaptive satnav system and a host of connectivity systems as standard.
All models come with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink mobile phone compatibility as standard, as well as an all-new infotainment screen. This technology will also debut in the recently-revised Volkswagen Golf, with which the Octavia shares much of its mechanical underpinnings.
Orders for the new car will open towards the end of January, with deliveries starting in late March this year.