2017 Skoda Octavia price, specs and release date

A heavily revised Skoda Octavia is expected to hit showrooms in 2017, with an overhauled interior and new exterior styling bringing it more in line with the up-coming Kodiaq SUV. Here’s everything we know about it so far…

When it goes on sale, it’ll rival similarly priced family hatches such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra – cars the Octavia has traditionally one-upped on the practicality front.

The new model’s styling is expected to be similar to the current car’s (shown)

2017 Skoda Octavia – styling

The looks of the Octavia won’t drastically change but they’ll go through a noticeable evolution for the 2017 model. New, wider headlights could be split in two, with a distinctive LED signature and re-sculpted bumpers giving the family car a more striking exterior than the outgoing model.

There’ll also be changes to the grille with a more Superb-like shape, and more pronounced lines on the bonnet. To the rear, the C-shaped lights will go through a minor revamp. Dimensions will stay the same, with changes in this department having to wait until the release of an all-new version in the next couple of years.

The new Octavia will update the outgoing model’s interior (shown)

2017 Skoda Octavia – interior

Despite to the dimensions remaining the same, the Octavia will continue to feature near-class-leading interior space and boot capacity. Inside, there’ll be extensive changes to the dashboard, with a new 9.5-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The VW Group’s Virtual Cockpit system will probably be made optionally available, while Skoda looks set to introduce softer plastics and materials to complement the added gadgets and interior updates.

The current car’s (shown) engine range will mostly reappear in the new model

2017 Skoda Octavia – engines

A wide range of engines will be offered for the Octavia, from a 1.0-litre TSI petrol to a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. The sporty vRS version will either include a tweaked version of the 2.0-litre TDI or a 227hp 2.0-litre petrol.

A six-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard with the excellent DSG dual-clutch automatic on the options list. A plug-in hybrid model for the Octavia doesn’t look likely for this mid-life revamp but could feature on the all-new model.

2017 Skoda Octavia price and release date

There’s no exact release date just yet for the refreshed Octavia but it’s thought it’ll come out in 2017. Prices could be slightly higher than the current model at around £17,000, while top-of-the-range trims and engines could see it rise to around £30,000.

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