On Tuesday 11th December, Škoda Auto has officialy introduced the newest model in the Škoda Muzeum. It’s 2013 Škoda Octavia III: a class of its own. What’s new?
Firstly, the new Octavia is 4659 mm long and 1814 mm wide. It’s about 90 mm longer and 45mm wider than previous generation Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior and space on the rear seats. New Octavia has moved up to middle-class. This size-parameters offers more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). According to second generation Octavia, other interior dimensions have also increased: front head room +8 mm, front elbow width +39 mm, rear elbow width +26 mm. Also best in class is the boot volume at 590 litres. It’s about 5 litres more than in Octavia II. Despite its increased size and larger amount of technology on board, ŠKODA engineers have still succeeded in making the car up to 102 kilogrammes lighter than the Škoda Octavia’s second generation. This was achieved thanks to resolute lightweight engineering, a progressive body design, utilisation of high- and ultra-tensile steel and a careful selection of materials. Actual weight reduction will vary depending on buildability of each vehicle configuration.
Safety and motorization
Škoda Octavia III offers up to nine airbags, finely interacting with 3-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Knee airbags and rear side airbags are available for the first time in a new Octavia. The car assumes a lot of safety systems from concern, including Front Assistant/emergency braking function, multicollision-braking/automatic brake actuation in an accident, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Lane Assistant, which keeps the new Octavia on track, Crew Protect Assistant/securing of the vehicle in an accident situation or an active front hatch for pedestrian protection.
2013 Škoda Octavia will be available in these petrol motorizations: 1.2 TSI/63 kW, stronger 1.2 TSI/77 kW, 1.4 TSI/103 kW and 1.8 TSI/133 kW. Of course, it’ll be available in diesel engines: 1.6 TDI/77 kw and 2.0 TDI/103 kW, both with common rail injection. Modern manual and automatic DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works. The GreenLine version Škoda Octavia 1.6 TDI/81 kW consumes about 3.4 litres of diesel per 100 km.
The equipment of the 2013 Škoda Octavia
Available for the first time in a Škoda is the Adaptive Cruise Assistant. The new Intelligent Light Assistant will switch to high beam and back automatically. The Automatic Parking Assistant makes parking the Octavia in and out easier. Also for the first time in Škoda - ‘Traveller Assistant’ package (traffic-sign recognition). The 2013 Škoda Octavia is also available with KESSY!
Radio and radio navigation systems
Touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality will be available in higher-level systems, while the new Canton sound system and an acoustically optimised passenger space provide pure listening pleasure.
Simply Clever package
- foldable cargo elements for the boot, enabling safe anchoring of objects on the floor
- a double-sided floor covering in the boot
- an “Rapid” ice scraper is placed inside the filler flap
- a warning vest holder is located underneath the driver’s seat
- a multimedia holder has space for an iPod, a mobile phone and the like
- a large overhead sunglasses compartment
- fuel-error prevention function
- boot cover folding away behind the rear seats.
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