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Although a largely subtle makeover, the Octavia's key styling change is to its headlights, now divided in the vein of older fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the pre-facelift look of Volvo's ageing 60-series models.
Other tweaks, as revealed last week, include lightly updated tail lamps with a new LED signature, and a big new infotainment display that will likely also appear in the updated Volkswagen Golf when it debuts later this month.
Skoda has yet to reveal the updated Octavia in top-shelf RS form, although this new speculative rendering by independent artist X-Tomi Design is likely an accurate view (if a little on the delectably low side).
Watch for more on the updated Octavia range to come in the months ahead, with the tweaked line-up set to debut in Australia around the middle of next year.