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New Skoda Octavia hatchback and estate to hit UK showrooms next year with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid power
Skoda has followed up the new Scala hatchback with a fresh incarnation of the popular Octavia – the car that has arguably come to define the brand since Volkswagen Group acquisition in 1991.
The Octavia story started well before then though. The nameplate celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019, and this new version is technically the fifth-generation model overall, and the fourth to emerge under VW Group direction. Over 6.5 million have hit the road since 1959, and this new version is the first Octavia to be offered with plug-in and mild-hybrid powertrains. A hot vRS model using an electrified drivetrain looks likely to become a part of the line-up in due course.
• Skoda Octavia Estate prototype review
Under the metal the new Octavia uses the VW Group’s widely used MQB front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive platform, though the newcomer sits on a freshly modified version of the toolkit utilised under the latest Mk8 Volkswagen Golf, allowing for new engine and driver assistance technologies to make their debut.