The new 4x4 Skoda Octavia Scout 2014 is set to make it's public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March next month. The new third generation Scout is a more rugged, raised version of the Volkswagen Golf-based Octavia.
The new model follows the same formula as it's predecessor but to go with it's off-road styling the Scout gets a four-wheel drive system and improved approach and departure angles making it capable of tackling more challenging terrain than the previous Scout.
Underneath the bonnet, the Scout is equipped with a choice of a 148 brake horse power or 181 brake horse power 2.0 TDI diesel engine or a 1.8 litre TSI turbo petrol. A 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and 17 inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard while the maximum towing weight has increased by 25% to two tonnes.
The model will feature toughened up front and rear bumpers complete with bash plates, a wider air intake at the front and accentuated fog lamps. Ground clearance has been increased by 33mm over the standard Octavia. According to Skoda the traction has increased by “25% to up to two tonnes. In addition, the start-up performance and climbing power of the all-rounder has significantly improved.”
Every Scout comes with the latest electronic four-wheel drive system, the same type of technology used in the Skoda Yeti 4x4, which only sends power to the rear wheels when it seems that the front tyres are losing grip on the road.
Dr Frank Welsch, Skoda member of the board of management for technical development, commented, “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. The new Octavia Scout sets new standards in the crossover-vehicle segment.”
Skoda offers a range of Scout models such as the Roomster and Fabia Estate but this model is the first to be available in four-wheel drive. There is little on price at the moment but with the standard Octavia Estate costing £17.115, the tag is likely to be higher and will look to go up against more premium manufacturers such as BMW. The new Skoda Octavia Scout is set to be introduced to the UK this summer and more details will likely be released before it's debut at the Geneva Motor Show.