Skoda Octavia Scout to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The current Skoda Octavia family wagon is hardly renowned for tearing up dangerous terrain. The Octavia Scout, however, has been designed with a bit of rough and tumble in mind as official details and images of the estate reveal.
Part of its improved off-roading prowess comes from a Haldex all-wheel drive system, which is said to improve traction by 25 per cent. Tough plastic around the bottom of the car is there when the additional 33mm of clearance over the standard Octavia proves too little.
17-inch alloys and a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel are among some of the standard extras.
Two diesel and one petrol engine make up the range, which are said to be 20 per cent more economical compared to its predecessor. Efficiency and performance figures are unknown.
“Our new model is a scout in the best sense and offers customers a unique package, comprising a striking off-road look, impressive all-wheel characteristics, plenty of space and modern safety, comfort and engine technologies,” Skoda bigwig Dr. Frank Welsch explained. “The new Octavia Scout sets new standards in the crossover-vehicle segment.”
The Skoda Octavia Scout, which will go on sale later in 2014, will take on the likes of the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer and VW Passat Alltrack.
A price and a full specification is yet to be confirmed. All will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In the meantime, here’s our Octavia Estate review.
Skoda Octavia Scout images