The appearance of the Skoda Octavia III in this entire Volkswagen company was perhaps the most intriguing. First, the new chief designer of the brand, Joseph Kaban, was puzzled by preparing the VisionD concept for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Many experts unequivocally mistook him for the forerunner of the new Octavia. But after six months, another concept car called MissionL appears in Frankfurt, which clearly shows the features of a production car. He echoed much of VisionD, but it was clear to everyone - this is not Octavia. And after some time the curtain opens - Skoda has prepared a budget model Rapid, which will occupy an intermediate position in the lineup of the company between Fabia and … the new Octavia. But when is the last to wait? There was an assumption that the third generation will be shown in September this year at the Paris Motor Show, along with other offspring of the "emcubator" family - VW Golf, Seat Leon and Audi A3 Sportback. But that did not happen. At the very end of October, some Western media reporters were invited to Portugal to ride on the still partially camouflaged Octavia III and even take pictures of them. Based on the images that appeared on the Web, it was already easy to get an idea of the new product (and not only from the outside, but also from the inside), but the intrigue still remained. And on December 11, 2012 the long-awaited appearance of "Octavia" to the people took place. Hallelujah!
Of course, you can argue for a long time about the strengths and weaknesses of the design of Joseph Kaban's new creation: for some it will seem bland, and for others it will be classically ageless, but one cannot be taken from the third Octavia - almost perfectly calibrated proportions and lines. As for the "clues" for the eye, then, yes, they are few, but how bright they are! Be it the beveled corners of the windows on the rear doors or the deliberately faceted head optics. Wow!
The interior is generally from another world. The monumental architecture of the dashboard, expensive decoration materials - a clear claim to premium. And if you consider that the interior has become significantly more spacious (mainly due to the increased wheelbase and width), and the trunk is larger (590 liters), then we can confidently say: the car has risen half a step higher in the class hierarchy.
In terms of technology, the differences with the sister VW Golf of the seventh generation are minimal: it is based on the same MQB platform, which provides MacPherson front, as well as a multi-link rear for expensive versions or a semi-independent suspension with a U-shaped cross-section for more accessible ones.
Like the new Volkswagen Golf, there are two diesel power units (1.6 and 2.0 liters), but the range of gasoline engines will be wider: in addition to 1.2 and 1.4-liter supercharged engines, there will also be 1, 8 liter turbo unit. As for the Russian specification, after the Kaluga engine plant starts operating, which Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently took part in, the 1.6-liter 116-strong aspirated engine will most likely join the above range.
The third-generation Skoda Octavia will appear on the Russian market in June next year. First, the cars will be delivered from the Czech Republic, and later it will be on the conveyor of the Gorky Automobile Plant, which began work just two weeks ago (read about opening the production line on page 8 of this issue). A month later, the domestic buyer will be offered an updated flagship of the brand - the Superb model. Outwardly, the changes will mainly affect lighting technology, as well as the radiator lining will be brought to a new corporate style. Well, in September there will be a presentation of the version of the new Octavia station wagon. But the long and ardently anticipated budget employee Skoda Rapid should be expected at best closer to the end of 2013. And then, provided that the supply of this hatchback will begin from the Czech Republic. And if this does not happen, then he will reach our market no earlier than 2014, when the production of the car starts at the plant in Kaluga.