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by Jez Spinks

The 2013 Skoda Octavia has been photographed undisguised during a promotional photo shoot in Santiago, Chile.

The single picture of the new medium car from Volkswagen’s Czech brand confirms expectations that the design would be inspired by the Skoda VisionD concept car from the 2011 Geneva motor show. Only the Skoda badge has been covered up.

The Octavia has always occupied a bit of an awkward spot in the Skoda line-up, with the Golf-based model being too large to be a proper small car and too small to be a genuine mid-sizer.

With the Rapide stepping into that role, the new Skoda Octavia will increase further in size to become a fully fledged medium car when it goes on sale in Australia in the second half of 2013.

The new Skoda Octavia will again sit on a Golf-related underpinnings, the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular platform.

A range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines can be expected for Skoda’s new mid-size car, shared with the Golf and other VW Group vehicles.

The new Octavia is due to debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show next March.


Picture credit: Nicolas Willson/Carscoop for CarPix.