Our spies have caught the all-new Skoda Octavia testing ahead of its launch next year. It will be the fourth model to use the VW group’s MQB platform – following the debut of the new VW Golf, Audi A3, and SEAT Leon.
From these pictures we can see the new Skoda will retain its hatchback profile, therefore keeping the practicality and usability of the outgoing model. The disguised lines in these spy pictures hint at a smoother, more rounded design while the longer overhangs signal more interior and boot space.
What’s more, there is a good chance that the subtle sideskirts, bulbous bumpers and alloy wheels seen here, could mean the Czech carmaker is penning a hot VRS version designed to tackle the Mazda 6 and Suzuki Kizashi Sport.
In addition, we expect the new car to take a step upmarket. By using higher quality materials for the cabin and dashboard, the new Skoda Octavia will sell itself closer to that of the MkVII Golf and SEAT Leon than the current model.
The new Skoda Octavia will be revealed before the end of this year, with sales beginning in early 2013. Expect an estate soon after and quicker VRS to follow in 2014.