Volkswagen-owned Skoda unveiled the third generation of the modern Octavia almost three years ago, so naturally reports are starting to emerge about the mid-cycle facelift set to come out sometime next year. It appears the changes will be quite important compared to the current car as Skoda has apparently decided to modify the front fascia by installing double headlights to replace the existing one-piece rectangle clusters.
This hasn’t been confirmed by the Czech marque, but a report coming from UK states there are going to be small outer lights featuring a square shape and boasting an LED strip for the daytime running lights positioned at the bottom of the cluster. These DRLs will apparently continue on the inner lights which will be separate from the outer ones, thus creating a double headlight look.
Moreover, the front grille will also go through some comprehensive changes as Skoda wants the facelifted Octavia to have a grille similar to the larger Superb mid-size model. At the back, the taillights will also suffer some changes and apparently these will be shaped like the letter “C”. Some minor tweaks to the front and rear bumpers are also in the works, along with fresh alloy wheel designs and possibly new body paints.
Details regarding the interior cabin are scarce at the moment, but apparently Skoda will focus on technology so expect to find a revised infotainment system and quite possibly an extended array of safety and assistance systems.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be on sale for a couple of years before the fourth generation will come out around 2020 and it will apparently be offered with three-cylinder engines as well as a more frugal plug-in hybrid derivative which will employ a thrifty gasoline engine working together with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions significantly.
Source: Auto Express | Render: Tobias Hornof