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New Skoda Octavia revealed with plug-in hybrid option

Date: 13 November 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Skoda has unveiled the new, fourth-generation version of its Octavia lower-medium car.

For the first time, the Octavia will be available as a plug-in hybrid, badged iV, which pairs a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined power output of 204hp.

A 13kWh battery will provide an electric driving range of up to 55km on the WLTP test cycle.

Also available are 1.0-litre, 110hp and 1.5-litre, 150hp petrol engines, with optional mild hybrid technology, along with a 2.0-litre, 190hp petrol that comes with four wheel drive.

A 2.0-litre diesel engine with 116hp, 150hp or 200hp is also on offer.

Depending on engine choice, the new Octavia comes with either six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

Compared with the outgoing model, the new Octavia is 19mm longer as a hatchback, and 22mm longer as an estate, while its width is up by 15mm.

The hatchback's 600-litre boot is 10 litres bigger than the previous Octavia, whlle the estate's 640-litre boot is an increase of 30 litres.

Among the standout cosmetic features are narrower headlights, which are LED as standard as are the daytime running lights and tail lights.

Inside, there's a new two-spoke steering wheel, a modular dashboard including a large free-standing central display measuring up to 10in, and LED ambient lighting.

A 4.2in multifunction driver display is standard, while a 10.25in virtual cockpit screen is also available.

Mobile online services are available via the Skoda Connect app.

Newly-available safety systems, on offer for the first time on a Skoda, include collision avoidance assist, turn assist, exit warning and traffic warning, while newly-available for the Octavia are area view, side assist and predictive cruise control.

UK launch details and prices are yet to be confirmed.