Skoda currently has one of the youngest lineups in the industry, and its range will get even younger with the reveal of the all-new Octavia this autumn.
The Octavia remains the brand’s bread and butter, although the company’s expansion into the SUV segment has been very successful as well. Skoda sold 388,200 units of the Octavia in 2018, making it company’s best-selling model — a remarkable feat considering it’s a seven-year-old car.
Time will tell if the fourth-generation will continue to be Skoda’s best-seller, but what’s certain is that it will be the most sophisticated Octavia ever. With the launch of the Scala compact hatchback last year, the new Octavia can now move a bit upwards.
The new car will be based on the same updated MQB platform as the upcoming VW Golf, Seat Leon and Audi A3 and share most of the turbocharged gasoline and diesel engine options with the aforementioned models, as well as mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. It will also be more refined and more high-tech than ever before.
As with the current iteration, the next-generation Octavia will likely offer two body styles (saloon and estate), available in high-performance RS and rugged Scout guises (only the wagon). The saloon will get a more dynamic look with a coupe-like roofline but, despite that, practicality will be even better than the – already great in that respect – current Octavia. We can’t say much else about the car styling-wise, as the wagon test car you see in the photos carries heavy camouflage.
Spotted in the Alps where it was undergoing brake testing, the 2020 Octavia prototype sports a camouflage that makes it look like a smaller Superb. The grille is fake and there are a lot of dummy body panels covering the bodywork, but the headlights seem like the final production units. If that’s the case, it means the new Octavia will ditch the controversial split headlights that came with the 2017 facelift.
The 2020 Octavia will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, just in time for the nameplate’s 60th birthday.