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2024 Skoda Octavia Due on Valentine's Day With Enhanced Looks and Improved Tech

After a lengthy testing phase followed by a rather short teaser campaign, Skoda is finally ready to pull the wraps off the 2024 Octavia. The facelifted model will be officially unveiled later this week, so we are only a few days away from finding out everything about it.
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According to the Czech automaker, the 2024 Skoda Octavia will be shown to the world on February 14 at 10 AM CET (4 AM EST), with the unveiling being streamed over the web. The company promises "modified looks," which are typical for mid-cycle refreshes, alongside "improved technologies" and "innovations" to its interior.

Skoda may present its best-seller as being new, but it is a facelifted version of the five-year-old fourth generation. It sports a few visual updates at both ends that revolve around the bumpers and lighting units. It will also feature a new infotainment system on the inside that we already saw in a set of scoops last summer, sitting next to the updated digital instrument cluster.

We have yet to learn what "innovations" Skoda briefly mentions in the latest press release that announces the compact model's unveiling date. Details surrounding the powertrain family are also scarce, yet in this department, we do not expect anything major. Thus, it should launch with the usual three- and four-pots fed by gasoline and at least two plug-in hybrids. A diesel engine is also understood to be part of the offering, likely alongside a CNG-sipping (compressed natural gas) unit.

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Fans of the brand's RS (vRS in the UK) models will be glad to know that Skoda hasn't ditched them on the upcoming Octavia. The facelifted iteration will still launch in the sporty flavor, boasting more aggressive looks, special wheels, beefier brakes, and a retuned chassis. Another thing separating the RS/vRS models from the rest of the range is the extra oomph.

Speaking of the latter, the current Octavia RS uses the same engine as the pre-facelifted VW Golf GTI. The latest version of the hot hatch, however, benefits from more power, unleashing 261 hp (265 ps/195 kW) via the right pedal, up from 242 hp (245 ps/180 kW). As a result, we expect the 2024 Skoda Octavia RS to be equally punchy, and it should only get a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Scout jacked-up version of the car will reportedly be dropped, so the 2024 Skoda Octavia is understood to launch as a hatchback and station wagon only. Multiple trim levels will make up the offering, with the best goodies being reserved for the top grades.

Full details about the latest Octavia will be released in just two days, and we will cover the online unveiling, so stay tuned for additional details as they unfold.
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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