Skoda has previewed the next-generation Octavia once again, this time with a pair of official spy photos and new details of the various features and technologies that will be on offer ahead of its international reveal next month.
The new Octavia 'Combi' wagon will measure 22mm longer (4689mm) than its predecessor, and 15mm wider (1829mm). Meanwhile, the liftback has grown by 19mm in length and 15mm in width to the same measurements.
Meanwhile, the wheelbase for both body styles is carried over from the previous model, at 2686mm.
Thanks to its new design, Skoda claims the next-generation Octavia will be very aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.24Cd in liftback guise and 0.26Cd for the wagon.
In addition to details of the new model's dimensions, Skoda has been quite candid about the raft of new features and technologies that will be available with the new Octavia, due to be revealed on November 11.
At the top end of the range, the Octavia will be offered with full-LED Matrix headlights with adaptive high-beam, which uses several segments of LED lights and a windscreen-mounted camera to avoid dazzling oncoming vehicles or pedestrians when the high-beam function is engaged.
The LED tail-lights will be available with dynamic indicators – for the first time with the Octavia – while the front and rear flagship LED units will also feature a coming/leaving animation.
Plenty of changes will be made inside, despite the lack of images.
Skoda says the new Octavia boast 78mm more knee room in the rear compared to the outgoing model, while boot capacity has grown to 640L in the wagon and 600L in the liftback.
The steering wheel is said to feature "just two spokes" and has chrome trim accents, while there will be up to 14 different functions accessible via the multifunction controls.
New ergonomic front seats are claimed to be "particularly back friendly", with available massage, heating and ventilation functions. Sports seats will also be available as an option, finished in "particularly breathable" ThermoFlux fabric. New tri-zone climate control air-conditioning will be offered, too.
Above: The interior of a pre-production 2020 Octavia prototype
Ahead of the driver, the Octavia will be the first Skoda model to offer a head-up display. There's new radio and TV streaming services for the upgraded 10-inch infotainment system, along with wireless smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
Up to five USB-C ports will be able to be specified, and a 230V socket in the rear. Skoda adds the interior has been "acoustically optimised", ensuring "perfect sound" in conjunction with the optional Canton premium audio system.
The new Octavia will be available with the latest generation of Skoda's 10-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument binnacle. Skoda claims the panel is "even more user-friendly", offering four different layouts – Basic, Classic, Navigation, and Driver Assistance Systems.
A first for the Skoda brand, the Octavia will use shift-by-wire technology for the DSG transmission – much like the related eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf.
"In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is therefore a new control module located in the Octavia's centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes," the company says in its media release.
Rounding out the fourth-generation Octavia's technology suite are some new assistance systems – dubbed Collision Avoidance Assist and Exit Warning.
The former actively supports the driver by increasing steering movement, "in the event of an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle – ideally preventing the accident with a controlled evasive manoeuvre".
Meanwhile, the Exit Warning system alerts the driver if another vehicle or cyclist is approaching when opening the car door.
There's also a new 'Hands-on Detect' system that detects whether the driver is touching the steering wheel consistently or if they no longer have control of the vehicle due to a medical emergency. If the situation is determined to be the latter, Emergency Assist will bring the car to a complete stop.
Under the bonnet, the new Skoda Octavia will be available with a range of more efficient powertrains, including turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, a compressed natural gas motor, along with new plug-in hybrid and 48V mild-hybrid versions.
The 81kW 1.0 TSI three-cylinder and 110kW 1.5 TSI four-cylinder petrol engines will be fitted as standard with mild-hybrid technology when fitted with the seven-speed DSG automatic. With the mild electrification tech, the Octavia will be able to 'coast' under low load, recover energy when braking and also offer a mild electronic boost under acceleration.
Both of the above petrol engines will also be available in Europe with the option of a six-speed manual and without mild-hybrid technology. All 'TSI' versions of the new Octavia in Europe will be fitted with a petrol particulate filter.
Additionally, the 1.5 TSI's available seven-speed DSG is a newly-developed unit for engines that "deliver high levels of torque", and will be available with the Octavia's diesel motors too – ranging from 85kW to 147kW.
Skoda says the three tunes of 2.0 TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel are part of the newly-developed 'Evo' family of powertrains, which get a new SCR gas treatment. The system incorporates two SCR catalytic converters arranged one after the other, with AdBlue injected in front of both of them in the exhaust setup.
All up, Skoda says the new system reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by around 80 per cent when compared to the previous generation of each engine, allowing the Evo diesel family to comply with Euro 6d emissions regulations.
The 110kW 2.0 TDI and 147kW 2.0 TDI variants will also be available with the option of all-wheel drive.
Finally, the upcoming Octavia iV follows the larger Superb iV in borrowing its plug-in hybrid system from the Volkswagen Golf GTE. The drivetrain teams a 1.4 TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a battery pack and electric motor, making for a combined power output of either 150kW or 180kW.
Regardless of tune, the Octavia iV will be fitted as standard with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Above: A leaked image of the new Octavia liftback from an online configurator
Under the skin Skoda's new mid-sizer will offer three different chassis options – standard, sport and Rough Road.
The sports suspension features a 15mm lower ride height, while Rough Road specification increases ground clearance by 15mm.
Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive damping will also be available, which also lowers the ride height by 10mm in all versions bar the iV plug-in hybrid.
Skoda plans to launch the fourth-generation Octavia on November 11 in Prague. This year marks the nameplate's 60th anniversary, with more than 6.5 million vehicles built since its introduction in 1959.
Currently, the third-generation Octavia accounts for roughly one-third of Skoda's total sales volume, and is the best-selling vehicle in the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Belarus.
As the Octavia is the best-selling wagon in Europe and the most popular import model in Germany, Skoda says it will release the 'Combi' wagon to market first, followed by the liftback "a few weeks later". The high-riding Scout and performance RS variants will be added to the European line-up "in 2020".
Stay tuned for our coverage of the reveal in the coming weeks.
Skoda Australia has indicated the next-generation of its most popular model, the Octavia, will be arriving Down Under during the first quarter of 2021.
Paul Pottinger, communications boss for Skoda's local division, told CarAdvice in March the next-gen small liftback and wagon will commence production for our market late next year.
"Production starts in the backend of 2020 for Q1 2021 launch," he said.
Given the Volkswagen Group has previously claimed to be unable to introduce PPF-equipped petrol models due to Australia's sulphur-rich petrol, it's a strong possibility the new 48V mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will not be offered Down Under, at least from launch.
It's also unlikely we'll see any of the diesels introduced to our market, given Skoda and parent Volkswagen have pulled numerous oiler versions of various model lines of late from sale.
With that in mind, it's likely the Octavia range in Australia will launch with the current model's 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine making 110kW, followed by the more powerful RS models.
Further details will come to hand when the fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is revealed on November 11.