Skoda will be launching a new Octavia in January 2009 with an exterior and interior facelift.  However, at the same time, prices will rise by an average increase of £473 for the Octavia Hatch and £478 for the Octavia Estate over the outgoing model.

The new Octavia has undergone a series of significant design changes which include dynamic, sweeping headlights and complimentary front fog lights, new foldable door mirrors and body coloured bumpers and side mouldings.

Improvements go well beyond a traditional facelift with the new Octavia benefiting from a partially re-designed interior which features a range of new steering wheels, new stereo systems and new upholstery.

The new Octavia also takes the S, SE and Elegance trim naming system from the New Superb and comes with new alloy wheels and two new paint colours – Arctic Green Metallic and Aqua Blue Metallic.

A brand new 1.4 TSI 122bhp engine will replace the current 1.6 FSI 115bhp engine and the 2.0 FSI 200bhp engine with DSG transmission will be introduced on the Octavia vRS.

Warren Richards, Product Marketing Manager at Skoda, said: “The new Octavia is a thoroughly contemporary car which sits perfectly within our current range. As well as modernised looks, it features a whole host of new features that will appeal to today’s car buyers.”

Prices will now start at £11,580 for the 1.4 16v S Hatch model, rising to £22,680 for the 2.0 TDI PD DSG L&K Estate.