Skoda Octavia to get mild-hybrid engine
Starting September 22, you will be able to purchase your very own mild-hybrid engine, the Octavia. It is the first of its kind coming from the South Wales car company, its price point starting from £23,005 making it perfect for any budget. This three-cylinder vehicle can produce 108bhp, a little less powerful than the MHEV versions of its Seat Leon and Volkswagon Golf lookalikes.
This new mild-hybrid engine model is known as an E-Tec and it has a 48-volt battery and belt-driven starter-generators, enabling the car to easily ride without the help of the engine. The belt-driven starter-generators come with a little electric motor making it possible for you to operate the car’s imperative functions even when the engine is not on.
The new e-Tec is a great buy because it is energy-efficient as the energy is recovered when braking and stored for later use in the battery. Skoda has also added a plethora of productivity-increasing features that have already been fitted to the engine like an aluminum crankcase, variable-vane turbocharger and balanced connecting rods. This makes the balancing shaft useless!
It comes equipped with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. You can expect this technology to also be used in the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol coming soon, though its current performance figures have not been officially confirmed yet. The engine of this new vehicle operates on the Miller injection cycle, offering maximum torque 35 percent earlier than that on a traditional engine.
This model is available to the public on two trims: the SE Technology and the SE First Edition. For the SE Technology model, you can expect prices starting out at £23,005. The fleet-focused model will run you a little more, coming in at £23,255. The Estate versions will run you an additional £1,000 as opposed to the hatchback model.
Though the two trims are available to order now, there will be additional hybrid versions that are soon to be released. These additional hybrids come will likely be a couple of plug-in hybrids, which will be able to produce up to 242bhp. You can expect one of those hybrids to be a sporty vRS model, but that is soon to be announced.
The fourth-generation Octavia is the first mild hybrid of its kind and you can find it from any place that is an official Skoda dealer like Sinclair Skoda of South Wales. Going to an official dealer is the better option when it comes to purchasing this model because you want to find a place that also offers garage service and MOT testing.
Headquartered in the Czech Republic, Skoda cars are sold in over 100 countries and in 2018 their total global sales hit 1.25 million units, their operating profit in 2017 was €1.6 billion and as of 2017, their profit margin is the second-highest of all the VW Group brands, falling right under Porsche. These cars are a wonderful buy and they are very energy-friendly, so you do not have to worry about your carbon footprint.