Skoda has released official images of the new estate which will be showcased together with a 4X4 variant at the Geneva Motor Show that opens doors on March 4th. Skoda’s station wagon models are quite popular in Europe and the new car emerges as an improved product than its predecessor both in terms of design and hardware
. Most of the improvements are the courtesy of the MQB platform which is modern, significantly lighter and enables the car to be more spacious. Skoda is now showing the more practical Combi version, especially the longer wheelbase. The new Octavia Combi’s wheelbase is 11cm longer than its predecessor, out of which, 7.3cm is consumed in improving the rear legroom. Now that is a big improvement as far as the rear seat comfort is concerned. The overall length is increased by 90mm and the width is increased by 45 mm. The boot space offers a massive 610 litres with the rear seats up and 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded. Even the front passenger seat can be folded down to facilitate the transprtation of long articles.
The engine options are expected to be carried forward from the sedan and that means a range of TSI petrols with displacements varying from 1.2 litre to 1.8 litre and a pair of oil burners displacing 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre in different states of tune. The 2013 Octavia Combi will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show along with the 4×4 variant of the sedan which uses the Haldex four wheel drive system that debuted on the VW Golf Mk7.