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Added: 02 Feb 2004
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SKODA has revealed the next-generation of its Octavia hatchback, which will replace the current car of the same name, of which one million have been bought since 1996.

Based on the new Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf platforms, the newcomer is bigger than the current model, at 4,572 mm long, 1,769 mm wide and 1,462 mm high.

It also boasts just about the biggest boot of any car in its class, with a luggage capacity of 560 litres with the folding rear seats in place.

It arrives here in June after its debut at the Geneva motor show in March and a subsequent showing at the UK motor show in May.

There will be a choice of four petrol and two turbodiesel engines, with five or six-speed manual gearboxes, a semi-automatic operated by steering wheel-mounted paddles, and a conventional automatic.

The petrol engines will be of 1.4, 1.6 and two litres, with two power outputs from the 1.6, plus diesel engines of 1.9 and two litres.

At this early stage there is no indication of prices, although they are likely to start at around £11,000 to compete primarily against Vauxhall's new Astra and the forthcoming new Ford Focus.

It is expected that a restricted range of the current cars will be offered alongside the new model for a few months, including the 1.9-litre turbodiesel.

The estate version of the current car will continue in production for another year, as will the high performance RS model.

Words: Steve Hughes

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