The Škoda Octavia, heart of the brand and bestseller in numerous European countries, has now been updated with two new additions -A rugged SCOUT and two further sporty RS variants. The new additions to the fourth-generation range, were revealed via a livestream on 3rd July.
By electrifying the powertrain with new mild hybrid technology and two OCTAVIA iV plug-in hybrids, Škoda has reduced the Octavia’s CO2 emissions even further. The iV variants can travel up to 60 km in the WLTP cycle without producing any emissions; the combustion engines have also continuously been optimised. They are now even more efficient.
Furthermore, Škoda has lowered nitrogen oxide emissions from the new EVO generation of diesel engines by about 80 per cent using the ‘twin dosing’ process. With a choice of two body variants, front- or all-wheel drive, manual or DSG transmission as well as five drive systems – petrol, diesel, CNG, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid – every Škoda Octavia customer will find their perfect match.
In the fourth generation of the Octavia RS, customers can opt for one of three drive systems for the first time. With a power output of 180 kW (245 PS), the new OCTAVIA RS iV with plug-in hybrid drive and 6-speed DSG as well as the Octavia RS equipped with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine and a manual 6-speed gearbox or 7-speed DSG are each on a par. The 2.0 TDI delivers 147 kW (200 PS); it is always coupled with a 7-speed DSG, and all-wheel drive is an optional extra. The control electronics of the optional all wheel drive react to changing driving conditions within a fraction of a second and support the driving dynamics, for example when cornering fast. Here, the system transfers part of the driving torque to the opposite wheel when the load on the inner wheel is reduced, and maintains traction.
The new Škoda Octavia Scout, now available exclusively as an estate, is the perfect vehicle for many occasions. Featuring a Rough-Road package as standard, including underbody protection and 15 mm more ground clearance, the Octavia Scout is equipped for off-road driving too and is a popular choice for towing a caravan, horse box or boat trailer. The largest boot capacity in the segment has increased by a further 30 l to now 640 l. The Scout can be ordered with innovative full LED Matrix headlights, which are available for the first time for the Octavia and allow drivers to have the high beam on at all times.
Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said, “The new generation of the Octavia is one of the most important model updates for ŠKODA this year and is a key part of what is currently the biggest product campaign in our company’s history. We have refined our icon’s core virtues even further and have also taken another major step forward in terms of design, connectivity and safety. I am convinced that we will win the hearts of our customers once again with this great overall package.”