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.
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.