The single interior image uncovers a corner of the new Skoda Octavia's steering wheel and a section of its redesigned centre stack. While tightly cropped, we can clearly see the new model (presumably high-grade variants) will feature a leather-bound steering wheel with buttons for voice control and Bluetooth phone connectivity, paddle shifters for those equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a large central infotainment display screen.
Quality looks set to take a step forward, with the more refined cabin featuring piano black trim inserts and chrome details on the climate control dials, as well as a greater use of soft-touch plastics.
The other images provide a more detailed look at the Octavia’s exterior – highlighting the design of its new front grille, side mirror, C-pillar and LED tail-light assembly – following last month’s spy shot that revealed the front three-quarter angle of the new car.
The Czech Republic-based division of the Volkswagen Group is expected to unveil the new Skoda Octavia at the 2013 Geneva motor show in March. It will arrive in Australia in the second half of next year, when it will become a fully fledged medium car – sitting above the incoming compact Skoda Rapid – to take on the likes of the Toyota Camry.
The new Octavia is based on the same MQB platform as the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 and is expected to inherit a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from it and other Volkswagen Group models.