Skoda has released a number of images of its new Octavia ahead of an official unveil expected over the coming days.

The shots give little away as to the design of Skoda’s C-segment challenger, but it will carry the same front grille treatment as the Rapid, as well as similar taillights with an exaggerated C-shaped graphic. It will also feature a kick-up line in the side window line for the first time.

It is already known that the 2013 Octavia will be slightly larger than before, to further distance itself from the recently-introduced Rapid. The new car will also be based on the VW Group’s MQB platform.

The most revealing image is of the dashboard, which features a range of familiar VW Group components. Skoda has previously said it will introduce more upmarket versions with more luxurious cabins.

The Octavia’s engine line-up will closely follow that of the Golf, Leon and A3, with the core range likely to be a 138bhp 1.4 TSI petrol and a 104bhp 1.6 TDI diesel. A 220bhp vRS version is scheduled for a reveal next summer.

Thanks to: Autocar