Skoda Octavia model year update spied in China [Update]

21/04/2016 - 16:32 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Update - Below are more images of the Skoda Octavia facelift for the Chinese market, courtesy of Auto.163.

2016 Skoda Octavia facelift front China Spied
The updated Octavia could be presented at the Auto China next week.

2016 Skoda Octavia facelift rear China Spied
A more substantial update is on the cards for the Octavia sold in other markets.

Just a minor update, probably limited to China.

The current, third generation Skoda Octavia was introduced in early-2013 and is expected to receive its mid-life facelift next year. Meanwhile in China, Skoda seems to be working on a small update for this year. Sina, a Chinese publication, has published spyshots of what seems to look like a minor nip-and-tuck for the Chinese-spec Octavia. The headlamps seem to feature new signature LED lighting, while the front bumper has been tweaked for a sportier styling. Also new, are sleek foglamps and an updated lower grille – both adorned with chrome strips below them. The rest of the car remains unchanged.

2016 Skoda Octavia spy shot (China)
The new front fascia is the only apparent change.

The global Skoda Octavia will receive a substantial facelift next year. Reports say, there will be a new pair of twin headlights somewhat similar to what Mercedes-Benz used for the previous generation Mercedes E-Class. The new look has already been previewed in a speculative rendering.

2016 Skoda Octavia side profile spy shot China
The global 2017 Skoda Octavia will feature a new pair of twin headlights.

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While the current engines will probably remain more or less unchanged, save for a few possible efficiency tweaks, there will be a new three-cylinder engine introduced with maximum power output ranging from 90 to 120 hp, which will be 10% more fuel efficient than the currently offered four-cylinder engines. This could be a 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit which is currently used for a number of Volkswagen Group models.

[Image Source: Sina]

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