The new Skoda Octavia range is being boosted with the e-Tech models offering mild-hybrid technology.
The new Skoda Octavia range is to get a new 1.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol offering.
With a starting price of £23,000 for the fourth-generation model, the new powertrain is available to order now.
The turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre mild-hybrid engine is mated to a 48v lithium-ion battery pack to deliver a combined output of 108 bhp.
CO2 emissions will be 115g/km, with fuel economy figures yet to be confirmed.
The new mild-hybrid Octavia will also have a system for the car's engine to switch-off automatically so it will coast for extended periods. The electric motor will deliver power for functions, including the Octavia's power steering.
The mild-hybrid system works by recovering the energy generated during braking and sending it to the battery for use later.
The new 1.0-litre e-Tec engine is available for the Octavia SE First Edition, and also for the SE Technology trim which is aimed at company car drivers. The mild-hybrid will have a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating of 26%.
The new Skoda Octavia will have three trims initially - the SE First Edition, the SE Technology and the SE L First Edition.
There are plans to introduce a new flagship vRS performance variant, along with an entry-level S model later this year.
There will shortly be a new plug-in hybrid powertrain choice for the Octavia, along with the option of either estate or hatchback body style.
The standard kit list includes 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and LED headlights.
There's also a leather steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle, along with an infotainment system using an 8.25-inch display.
The SE L First Edition offers 17-inch alloy wheels, headlight washers and rear privacy glass. There are also heated front seats, a bigger 10-inch display and an ambient lighting system.
The Octavia SE Technology for business drivers offers 16-inch alloy wheels, a 10-inch infotainment system that has satnav integrated, and front and rear parking sensors. The new model is just £250 more than the current version.
There are three other engines for the Octavia, including a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit producing 148 bhp that is fitted as standard. It uses a six-speed manual box.
Skoda is also offering two 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines producing either 148 bhp or 197 bhp - though this version will only become available in late 2020.
The more powerful diesel Octavia will also offer all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.