While Skoda has been teasing the world with the new Superb, a production-ready prototype of the new Octavia was spotted testing for the first time in Czechoslovakia. The spotted test mule was in the estate form and was very well camouflaged. The Octavia is also Skoda’s highest selling car.
This is a new generation of the Skoda Octavia and not just a mid-life facelift. The split headlamps that was introduced with a facelift of the third generation model has been discontinued. Instead, the Octavia now gets a Superb-like single piece headlamp unit to be more in line with the family design language. Even the Kodiaq SUV has similar headlamps.
Skoda’s signature moustache grille carries on with a sleeker design and the new front bumpers are similar to the ones seen on the Scala. At the rear, the car was pretty well camouflage and so much could not be seen. However, from whatever little that was evident, the LED tail lamps looked quite similar to the current model. At the rear, the brand logo will be replaced with the SKODA lettering, as per the company’s new naming strategy.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia is likely to be based on the updated MQB platform which means it will certainly grow in size and will have a larger footprint as well, to differentiate it from the Scala. There will be an increase in cargo volume by almost 20 liters.
There has been no word on the equipment list or the engine options that would be available with the car. However, this being a new-gen model, you can expect it to come pretty well loaded with all the fancy hardware trickling down from the more expensive Superb and Kodiaq.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia is still some time away and it will surely come to India. Meanwhile, Skoda is already working hard on it’s ‘India 2.0’ strategy by which they plan to introduce two more cars by 2021. They are also bringing some new engines in reaction to the BS-VI emission norms. Skoda’s stable couldn’t have been busier right now. And well, new cars are always a welcome.