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by Tim Beissmann

The Skoda Octavia Special Edition will launch next month with a high level of standard equipment and an aggressive $21,990 driveaway price tag.

Based on the Skoda Octavia 90TSI, the Special Edition adds 16-inch alloy wheels, ‘Columbus’ satellite navigation system with 30GB hard drive and eight speakers, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, light assistant with ‘coming home’ and ‘tunnel light’ functions, and a centre rear armrest with storage compartment.

Silver roof rails are also added to the wagon variant, which is priced from $23,690 driveaway.

The driveaway pricing offer represents a saving of thousands of dollars on Skoda’s second-generation small car, which is set to be replaced in the final quarter of this year by the all-new, larger third-gen Octavia.

By comparison, the regular entry-level Octavia 90TSI liftback starts from $24,990 before on-road costs, while the wagon is priced from $26,990.

The Special Edition is powered by a 90kW/200Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is a $2300 option.

The Skoda Octavia Special Edition will be available from June 1 until sold out.