New Škoda Octavia with coupé-style elegance…

With even more space for passengers and luggage, an elegant, coupé-style design and innovative assistance and infotainment syste, the new Octavia comes with a range of powertrains that is more varied than ever before – for the first time, the all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA will be available with plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid technology, in addition to petrol and diesel engines as well as a particularly ecofriendly natural gas (CNG) variant. The the latest-generation EVO diesel engines emit up to 80 per cent fewer nitrogen oxides, courtesy of the new “twin dosing” process, where AdBlue® is injected selectively upstream of two SCR catalytic converters arranged in series.

Outputs now range from 81 kW (110 PS) to 150 kW (204 PS).

The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA has grown 19 millimetres in length compared to its predecessor, to 4,689 millimetres. At 1,829 millimetres, it has gained 15 millimetres in width. Coupled with a wheelbase of 2,686 millimetres, this allows for an even more generous interior than in the previous generation. Luggage capacity has increased by another 10 litres to 600 litres.

New assistance systems

The new Collision Avoidance Assist supports the driver by actively increasing the steering moment in the event of an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle. the Turn Assist, can detect other vehicles early on when turning in the face of oncoming traffic at an intersection, allowing it to warn the driver or even automatically stop the vehicle. The Exit Warning system lets the driver know if another vehicle or a cyclist is approaching from behind when opening the car door. The Local Traffic Warning function automatically flags up hazards in the car’s immediate vicinity, such as a tailback ahead.

Tailor-made connectivity…

With a choice of four infotainment systems from the latest-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix and a permanent online connection via an integrated eSIM, the new OCTAVIA offers advanced connectivity features. The central touchscreen display measures 8.25 to 10 inches on the diagonal, and some functions can be controlled via gestures or the Laura digital voice assistant. In another first, the top infotainment system Columbus can display navigation maps in a different zoom resolution than the enhanced 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit.

The LTE connection through the eSIM ensures permanent access to the latest ŠKODA Connect Mobile Online Services, such as eCall (compulsory in EU countries), online-based infotainment applications and comprehensive remote vehicle access functions. In addition to the Phone Box for inductive smartphone charging there are up to five USB-C ports on board, including an optional one in the roof console above the rear-view mirror… Practical and clever, as well as stylish, this new Octavia. We hope, after Corona times, to take the wheel of this one soon…

Hans Knol ten Bensel

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