2017 Skoda Octavia

The Octavia is the most important car for Skoda. The car is
actually solely responsible for reviving fortunes of the
automaker. The new 2017 Skoda Octavia is offered in wagon,
hatchback and sedan body styles. However, only the wagon and
sedan have received mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model
year.  Being just a refresh, both the exterior and
interior have received minor updates meant to help the model
continue with its strong showing in the market. The automaker
has also updated the safety features as well as the model’s
drivetrain. Read along for more information:

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2017 Skoda Octavia Exterior

It is not common for automakers to alter the exterior features
of a model during a facelift. Such is mostly common during
mid-cycle refresh. However, Skoda has actually given the
Octavia a comprehensive exterior redesign.

The new revisions are visible at the front where the model
features thick chrome on the center piece of the grille which
splits the grille’s vertical slats into two. The grille is also
flanked by revised headlights which feature a split design. The
model also features two distinct clusters on either side of the
grille. In addition, two other narrower lights flank the grille
resulting in a wider look for the front fascia. The lights
feature LED lighting. The model also comes with a modified
bumper which is also split horizontally by a new chrome strip
for a sportier look than the outgoing model. The engine hood is
also revised and now features sharper creases towards the
fenders.

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The flanks of both the wagon and the sedan are unchanged. The
only change on the flanks is the addition of new wheel designs
for its alloy wheels whose size ranges from 16 inches to 18
inches. The rear of both models is unchanged except for the new
LED taillight clusters.

Safety features have also been revised. To start with, the
automaker has optimized the model’s parking assistant. The new
model also adds predictive pedestrian protection, blind spot
monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert and
a rear view camera.

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2017 Skoda Octavia Interior

The cabin is largely unchanged compared the outgoing model. The
automaker has however added some new technological features to
hook it up with modernity.  Starting of the new additions
is a new infotainment system standard on all trims (Bolero,
Amundsen and the top Columbus) just like the outgoing models.
All the three trims have capacitive touch displays with the top
Columbus trim featuring a 9.2-inch system with a WLAN hotspot
as well as an option for a SIM card module that allows for LTE
speed for fast internet connectivity.

The infotainment features are split into Infotainment Online
and CareConnect.  The models also come with a trailer
assistant feature which aids steering when the vehicle is
reversing slowly. In addition, buyers will have an option for a
heated steering wheel as well as a customizable key that
enables drivers to save their individual vehicle settings. The
wagon adds an option for a removable torch in its trunk and an
electric tailgate.

Trunk space is unchanged. The sedan still offers 20.8 cubic
feet of cargo. The wagon on the other hand offers 2.5 cubic
feet of cargo space.  This space expands to 55.8 cubic
feet and 61.4 cubic feet for the sedan and wagon respectively
upon folding of the rear seats.

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Engine Specs and performance

The new 2017 Skoda Octavia is powered by four different mills.
The base engine is a turbocharged 1.0 L, gasoline mill good for
113 horses. Next up petrol mill is a turbocharged 1.4 L,
4-cylinder engine which produces 148 horses.

Moving over to the diesel mills, the base unit is a 1.6 L
engine which produces 113 horses. The most potent diesel mill
is a 2.0 L unit good for 148 horses. As the figure indicates
the diesel mill offer the same level of output as the gasoline
ones but expect the former to offer more torque.

In addition, Skoda offers a Dynamic Chassis Control that
enables drivers to change damping and steering settings to
either Comfort, Normal or Sport modes.
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Price and release date

During the launch, Skoda did not announce official prices of
the models. However, in this segment, a slight price change
could have adverse effect on sales. Therefore, I don’t expect
the model’s price to vary significantly from the current
prices.

Currently, the sedan starts at $21,190 while the wagon has an
MSRP of $22,430. Sales commence this third quarter with
deliveries starting early next year.

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