Skoda’s new Octavia compact model will come with plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid versions. The compact car is Skoda’s best-selling model globally and offers the widest range of drivetrains and body styles in the brand’s lineup.
The Octavia iV PHEV will use the same 1.4-liter base engine as fitted to the recently launched Skoda Superb iV but will offer two power variants: a 201 hp model and a sportier 242 hp version.
No range or emissions figures have been released but they are expected to be similar to the Superb iV, which Skoda said could travel 55 km (34 miles) on electric power only and record CO2 emissions of under 40g/km. The PHEV will be available in both hatchback and wagon form.
Mild-hybrid technology will be fitted to versions of the 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline models with the automatic DSG gearbox. The cars come with a 48-volt belt-driven starter motor that recovers lost energy and allows it to coast with the engine off to save fuel. No emission figures were given.
Other engines include a 2.0-liter gasoline with 187 hp and a 2.0-liter diesel with 113 hp, 148 hp and 197 hp outputs. All-wheel drive is available on the 2.0-liter gasoline and the two higher-powered diesels. Skoda has dropped the smaller 1.6-liter diesel powertrain.