The official unveiling of Skoda’s all-new Octavia is set for November 11, but a photo that purportedly shows the new model has already surfaced online.
Posted on Czech Republic’s Skoda Home forum and picked up by AutoblogNL, the image looks very much like an official photo of the 2020 Octavia — apparently taken from the configurator. If this is indeed the all-new Octavia, fans of the nameplate should be relieved because the controversial split headlights introduced on the facelifted model are history.
The design seems to be consistent with the official sketches released by Skoda last week, especially when it comes to the design of the front end. However, as it often happens with design sketches, the actual car looks less spectacular. Compared with the outgoing third-generation Octavia, though, it appears as a significant improvement without being revolutionary.
The design borrows some styling cues from the facelifted Skoda Superb including the emphasized belt line, as well as the Scala hatchback which serves as inspiration for the triangular headlights. Mind you, the headlamps look much better on the 2020 Octavia.
While we don’t have a photo of the rear end, its design should be similar to the official sketch, at least when it comes to the shape of the taillights which look like a combination of those seen on the facelifted Superb and the Scala.
As with the all-new VW Golf Mk8 which will be officially revealed on October 24, the fourth-generation Octavia will be underpinned by an updated version of the MQB platform.
The modular architecture will enable the use of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains beyond the usual crop of 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline units as well as 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbo diesels. Higher-end models will also offer AWD.
The 2020 Octavia’s technology upgrade will continue inside with the latest infotainment and driving assistance systems. The model will continue to offer five-door liftback and wagon body styles, with performance RS and Scout derivatives also on the table.