The Skoda Octavia Scout has been revealed; the latest variant of the range Octavia to be revealed after the range was facelifted this year. Skoda claims improved off-road ability and an update of the raft of the technology.
As with the standard Octavia and the sports vRS variant, the Octavia Scout gets the same headlight treatment as the rest of the range, the model is robust style maintained from the pre-facelift car.
It is available with two diesel engines; 145bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel units, with speeds of 129mph and 136mph respectively. The first takes 9.1 sec to reach 62mph and returns a claimed 56.5 mpg with emissions of 130g/km of CO2, while the second reaches 62mph in 7.8 s, returns 56.5 mpg, which Skoda claims, and emits 133g/km of CO2.
The style settings to the front-end are the most notable aesthetic change, but Skoda claims more off-road capabilities thanks to the increase of the ramp angle of 16.6 degrees in the front and 14.5 degrees to the rear.
Skoda has also made the rough Road package that is part of the Octavia Scout’s standard equipment, which brings plastic protection for the underside of the car. As with the rest of the range, a new infotainment system has been put in place, providing a 9.2 in the screen to the top-of-the-range installation.
Technology upgrades are also a big part of the Octavia Scout facelift; like the vRS, the Scout is the trailer and blind spot assist, rear traffic alert, and the crew protect assist, which prepares the car for a detected imminent collision by tightening seat belts, closing all windows and sunroofs.
As with the Octavia vRS, the Scout will reveal a few weeks after the standard Octavia range of orders open in January 2017, with first deliveries later in the first quarter.