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Fourth-generation Skoda Octavia revealed

Skoda has revealed the fourth-generation of its Octavia lower medium model.

Compared with the outgoing model, it has grown – the hatchback is 19 mm longer than the third-generation model, while its width has increased by 15 mm and the hatchback’s bootspace capacity has been increased by 10 litres, to 610 litres.

Skoda said the enlarging makes the car “even more dynamic than before.” Exterior changes include a front apron and new headlights, while the brand claimed the hatchback “looks almost like a coupé”.

Fourth-gen Octavia 1

Inside, the dashboard has been redesigned and has been arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display, while the interior features soft-touch materials, while new LED ambient lighting “provides a special visual touch” for the front doors and dashboard by indirectly illuminating them in a choice of 10 different colours.

The fourth-gen Octavia introduces a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time – the iV and Skoda said some of the petrol engines are now equipped with innovative mild hybrid technology, while the diesel engines come from the latest EVO generation and emit up to 80%  less nitrogen oxide than before.

In the iV, a 1.4 petrol engine and an electric motor deliver a combined power output of 204hp and delivers an all-electric range of up to 34 miles in the WLTP cycle. CO2 emissions are yet to be confirmed

Meanwhile, the 1.0 and 1.5 petrol units feature mild hybrid technology when equipped with DSG. Using a 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, it is possible to recover brake energy, support the combustion engine by providing it with an electric boost, and to coast with the engine completely switched off, while the diesel line-up consists of a 2.0-litre unit in 116hp, 150hp and 200hp guises.