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Steane Klose | Feb 27, 2009

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Škoda Australia has revealed its new Octavia model range.

When viewed from the front, the key enhancements to the new Octavia include newly-shaped, bolder headlamps, a more robust radiator grille and a one-piece bumper. The rear of the vehicle features new tail lamp covers and a dynamic bumper with integrated ‘cat eyes’.

Inside the Octavia, the steering wheel, dashboard, air conditioning controls and trim inserts on the doors and the central console have been redesigned. The new materials and more stylish look is a big improvement over the older model, which, while well set out, had a few low-rent plastics here and there.

In addition, new upholstery fabrics and an improved lineup of Škoda audio and satellite navigation systems are available. New materials and functional features have increased comfort and operating safety in the passenger compartment of the new Octavia.

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Passengers sitting in the rear seats of the new Octavia now have more space. Carting luggage is a breeze with a capacity of 560 litres in the Liftback and 580 litres in the Wagon. Skoda says it sets a benchmark for volume in its class. Folding down the rear bench extends the boot volume to 1420 litres, a capacity which expands to 1620 litres on the new Octavia Wagon.

The engine line-up of the Octavia range has also changed, with two petrol and one diesel variants to choose from.

For the first time, a 1.6 litre petrol engine is being offered in the Octavia range as the entry level specification, paired with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is also available as an option. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 75kW of power and 148Nm of torque.

The 2.0 TDI (diesel) engine delivers 103kW of power at 4000rpm and 320Nm of torque from as low as 1750rpm.

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The second petrol engine on offer is the turbocharged 1.8 TSI, producing 118kW of power and 250Nm of torque. This 1.8 TSI has replaced the original 2.0 FSI (110kW) engine and is the only engine in the Škoda Octavia range to be offered with the optional seven-speed DSG transmission.

The new seven-speed DSG transmission is the first seven- speed gearbox for front transverse mounting, and the first dual-clutch gearbox with a ‘dry’ double clutch.

The 1.8 TSI matched with the seven-speed DSG transmission consumes just 6.7 litres of premium unleaded petrol per hundred kilometres (combined consumption, ADR81/02), with CO2 emissions at a low 157 g/km.

The new Škoda Octavia range will be launched in March 2009. This one is worth watching.

Liftback

  • 1.6 Manual/Automatic(6 speed) - $26,990/$29,290
  • 1.8 TSI Manual/DSG (7 speed) - $31,490/$33,790
  • 2.0 TDI Manual/DSG (6 speed) - $33,990/$36,290

Wagon

  • 1.6 Manual/Automatic(6 speed) - $28,990/$31,290
  • 1.8 TSI Manual/DSG (7 speed) - $33,490/$35,790
  • 2.0 TDI Manual/DSG (6 speed) - $35,990/$38,290
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