Skoda Officially Reveals All-New and Sleeker Looking 2013 Octavia III [Updated]


It’s been a long road with plenty of scoops of both camouflaged prototypes and unmarked cars captured during testing and photo shoots, but now the time has come for Skoda to release its third generation of the successful Octavia series, which is seen here in liftback form with an estate model to follow next year.

The 2013 Octavia is the first Skoda model to make use of the VW Group's new and lighter MQB platform that underpins several other compact cars, most notably the VW Golf Mk7 and the latest Audi A3 hatchbacks.

Compared to the model it replaces, the new Octavia is 90mm longer at 4,659mm, 45mm wider at 1,814mm, and more importantly, the wheelbase has been stretched by 108mm to 2,686mm, something that mainly benefits the interior and space on the rear seats.

2013-Skoda-Octavia-III-4As a result, front head room has increased by 8 mm, front elbow width by 39 mm and rear elbow width by 26 mm over the outgoing Octavia. According to Skoda, the Octavia offers a class-leading interior space in the compact segment with 1,782 mm of interior length and the largest boot with a volume of 590 liters.

Besides being more spacious, the new model also sports a more premium feel both inside and out.

The exterior design of the car is sleek and to the point and has more presence than the previous Octavia. A new characteristic that we will be seeing more of in future Skoda models is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, which the company calls a “fin”.

Inside, the uncluttered interior styling is typical of VW Group models with Skoda adding the latest in infotainment systems and other tech goodies including the availability for the first time of an Adaptive Cruise Assistant and a traffic-sign recognition as part of the ‘Traveller Assistant’ package.

Also new are the Intelligent Light Assistant that will switch to high beam and back automatically, a panoramic sunroof and the Driving Mode Selection that enables drivers to set certain vehicle driving characteristics at the push of the button.

The new Octavia Mk3 will make it to the European market next spring with a selection of eight turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. These include a 1.4-liter TSI petrol delivering 120hp (122PS), a 1.8-liter TSI petrol producing 177hp (180PS) and a 1.6-liter TDI, which in GreenLine trim generates 109hp (110PS) returning 3.4lt/100km (69.2mpg US or 83.1mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km.

Skoda said manual and DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works.

A performance RS (vRS in the UK) version fitted with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the next VW Golf GTI will follow late next year as well.

The new Octavia will be formally introduced to the public at next year's Geneva Motor Show in March.


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Mohammad said... »December 11, 2012

it's beautiful except for the rear lights -.-

Chris said... »December 11, 2012

Rear section: A6 C6 before LED facelift, VW Passat
Front: A4 B7,B8
Interior: Golf MK7

It's a VW kid, so not a big surprise, not like Seat Exeo which is a true A4 B7.
I wouldn't buy, but like it.

europeon said... »December 11, 2012

What are those parking sensor looking dimples/holes on the sides of the front and rear bumpers?

jarooo4 said... »December 11, 2012

Current Fabia is the only fine looking Skoda. This one above is soooooo boring. Just a bigger Rapid.

Jakub Dubravčík said... »December 11, 2012

whole rear section is a bit wierd :/

Sébastien said... »December 11, 2012

Finally the Adaptive Cruise Assistant on a Skoda !
Maybe I wont take long my new ride and go back to Octavia...

Sébastien said... »December 11, 2012

Also the driving wheel seems too big, and again VW misplaced the airvents :( Should be below the radio/GPS

Jason Hall said... »December 11, 2012

Nice - this is what a VW / Audi product should look like - crisp, disciplined, minimalistic with lovely detailing. The interior is a typical VW coal-hole of dullness, but i'd definitely buy an Octavia mk3 over a Golf any day...

Sébastien said... »December 11, 2012

I guess it's for automated parking (space measurement)

zeddy said... »December 11, 2012

Attractively bland. It won't offend and will date slowly.

Carson said... »December 11, 2012

The steering wheel looks like one from a Jaguar XF I love the way the car is just seems so executive, smart, crisp and clean I'd buy one over a VW Passat and maybe even an A4!

mr tooher said... »December 11, 2012

LAZY very boring, clearly a wanna-be 2003 Audi A4, NO EXCUSE for this dismal attempt to SEX-UP a rather sexless car, a bit like putting a bag over Hillary Clinton's head, hoping for the best but you can STILL clearly see the body n NOBODY wants to DO IT ....

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gak said... »December 11, 2012

WOW! THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN NORTH AMERICA! Oh yeah, anther great car that we won't get. bummer

Kalahan said... »December 11, 2012

This is the Straight line treatment. Intense Audi.

ben nibohs said... »December 13, 2012

it already is

Alx said... »December 14, 2012

the point is that it looks like an Audi A4 B6 update....only 9 years later!

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