By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012 @ 2:05 am
 

Following several leaks and numerous cryptic teaser images, Volkswagen's Czech Republic-based Škoda division has finally lifted the veil off of the third generation of the Octavia sedan.

Positioned right in the middle of the Škoda lineup, the 2013 Octavia rides on Volkswagen's new modular MQB platform. It stretches 183 inches long and 71 inches wide, making it slightly bigger in both directions than its predecessor.

Visually, the new Octavia borrows a sizable dose of styling cues from the smaller Rapid sedan that debuted last September in Paris. It gains Škoda's new corporate face which gives it a more dynamic look than the outgoing second-gen model.

Inside, the simple and uncluttered dashboard is an unmistakable nod towards the car's German origins. To woo customers, Škoda has packed the Octavia full to the brim with the latest technology including adaptive cruise control and the company's new KESSY keyless start system. Later in the production run the Octavia will inaugurate Škoda's first-ever traffic sign recognition system.

Keeping in line with the brand's "Simply Clever" motto, the Octavia comes with a small garbage bin located in the driver's door panel, a warming coat holder hidden under the driver's seat and an ice scraper mounted inside the filler cap.

Unsurprisingly, Škoda will offer the car with a wide range of Volkswagen-sourced four-cylinder engines, including a 140-horsepower 1.4-liter TSI and a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel that has an output of 150 horsepower. Buyers will be able to choose between a manual or an automatic gearbox, and both front- and all-wheel drive variants will be available.

The third generation Škoda Octavia will greet the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show that will take place next March. As has almost always been the case with the nameplate, the sedan will spawn a station wagon and an RS-badged sport sedan which will both be launched late next year.