Skoda’s biggest-selling Octavia sedan will be moving to an all-new generation for 2020. New design sketches released by the Czech carmaker reveal the car’s overhauled exterior and preview the model due to be revealed and hit showrooms next year.
The sketches confirm details seen in previous spy shots – and that the new car takes influence from the Skoda Superb. At the front, the 2020 Octavia ditches the controversial split-headlamp design of the current car in favour of single units that bookend a much larger grille that brings the car in line with the rest of the range. The influence of the Superb is clear in a new clamshell bonnet.
The Superb-esque accents are developed in the Octavia’s profile, particularly in the sedan depicted here. The car appears to have deeper swage lines and more contours, as compared to the outgoing model, along with an overall look that is more angular. In the estate version that was spotted testing earlier this year, a rear spoiler wraps around the sloping rear window. In both models, the tailgate and tail-light design bears no resemblance to today’s Octavia.
The fourth-gen Octavia is not expected to grow in exterior dimensions, since it’ll make use of an updated version of the MQB platform used by today’s model (as well as the next-generation Golf). However, VW insiders told our sister publication, Autocar UK, that the Mk8 Golf will use a greater percentage of lightweight metal, reducing its kerb weight by around 50kg. This may also be the case for the new Octavia.
We have yet to see the Octavia’s interior in any form, but based on the new Scala, it will feature a new interior design with a greater variety of materials and newly developed infotainment. Like its smaller sibling, the 2020 Octavia should be one of the first VW Group models with the ability to update itself over the air, while it is also likely to offer wireless support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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