2021 Skoda Octavia
All-new liftback and wagon have been verified for an early 2021 launch in Australia, following a likely reveal in the first half of next year.
Skoda Australia has shown the next-generation of its most popular model, the Octavia, will be arriving Down Under throughout the first quarter of 2021.
Paul Pottinger, communications boss for Skoda’s regional department, informed CarAdvice the next-gen little liftback and wagon would start production for our market late next year.
” Production starts in the backend of 2020 for Q1 2021 launch,” he stated.
While that’s still two years away, it gives us an early indicator of when to expect the new model to be revealed– likely to be early next year based upon the timeline given by Pottinger.
That puts the Skoda around six months behind the launch timeline of the eight-generation Volkswagen Golf (above), which will share its underpinnings with the new Octavia, arranged for reveal before completion of the year and slated for a third-quarter 2020 launch in Australia.
We’re also anticipating the all-new Audi A3 to be introduced around the same time as the related Volkswagen, all of which will use a greatly revised version of the current MQB modular architecture as a base.
More details about the new Octavia are scarce, though we can expect the new model to score some of the new technology and powertrains set to be offered by the new Golf and A3.
2021 Skoda Octavia Interior
Headlining those new features ought to be a suite of updated chauffeur support technologies, which need to provide the equivalent of Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capabilities.
There will also be upgraded screens and infotainment software in the cabin, and we anticipate the Skoda to have a somewhat different user interface and flavor once again to the comparable Audi and Volkswagen.
2021 Skoda Octavia Engine
We’re also anticipating 48V mild-hybrid powertrain alternatives to be offered, for overseas markets at least, though it’s uncertain whether Skoda will follow its Volkswagen parent in your area in waiting for full-electric models rather than using mild- and plug-in hybrids.
Stay tuned for all the current, and let us know your thoughts in the remarks.