Skoda’s upcoming 2020 Octavia is the latest in a long line of VW Group products whose interiors have recently been caught on camera, others being the next-gen Seat Leon as well as the all-new VW Golf.
The fourth-generation Octavia will ride on the same updated MQB architecture as the next Golf, Leon and Audi A3, while sharing many of its turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines with its platform siblings. We expect a full reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
After selling 388,200 units in 2018, the Octavia stood out as Skoda’s best-selling model, which is impressive seen as how the current 3rd-gen car has been out since 2013. However, this is of course good news for the upcoming model, which should prove just as popular with the masses.
More Golf than Leon?
Our main focus here is the interior of the 2020 Skoda Octavia, which features a digital gauge cluster, a large tablet-like infotainment screen, push-down buttons on the center console aligned horizontally, a stop-start button, electronic parking brake, and what appears to be a small flap-like gear selector.
Of course, the big news is the screen layout, which upon closer inspection actually looks more all-new VW Golf-ish than what we saw in those recent Seat Leon scoop shots. The Leon’s infotainment display is fully separated from the gauge cluster cover and sticks out like a typical dashboard-mounted tablet, whereas the Golf’s layout sees both screens come together a little bit more.
We seem to get more of the same with the Octavia, although the light camouflage might be playing tricks on us. Still, if we had to guess, we’d say that the screen layout is somewhere in-between what we saw on the Golf and the Leon, where the infotainment display is not quite a continuation of the gauge cluster screen, but also not fully separated, seen as how it is positioned so far ahead of the cluster cover.
As for the exterior of this prototype, it’s meant to fool us into thinking the car looks like a smaller Superb, which in a sense might be true, but the grille is definitely fake and so are some of the body panels.