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by Matt Brogan

The new Skoda Octavia, due for release in March, is on display from this morning at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

Transformed from front-to-rear, the new Octavia is reshaped featuring bolder headlamps, more robust grille and a one piece bumper up front with new tail lamp covers and rear bumper with recessed ‘cat eyes’.
Inside a new steering wheel, dashboard, HVAC controls and trim inserts combine with a new console and upholstery fabrics to present a fresher, more open feel while at the same time increasing comfort and ease of operation.

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Rear leg room has also been slightly increased while large doors make it easy to get in and out of the car.

The tailgate of the Liftback makes storing bulky luggage in the boot a simple task. With a capacity of 560 litres in the Liftback and 580 litres in the Wagon, it sets a benchmark for volume in its class. Folding down the rear bench extends the boot volume to a remarkable 1420 litres, a capacity which expands to 1620 litres on the new Octavia Wagon.

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Two petrol and one diesel engine are available in the new Octavia with a 1.6-litre, four cylinder petrol (75kW/148Nm); 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel (103kW/320Nm) and 1.8-litre turbo charged four cylinder (118kW/250Nm) on offer.

The 1.8-litre turbo is also available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed.






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