Skoda’s new Octavia Scout crossover will hit European showrooms in August, the company has confirmed.
As with its predecessor, the new Octavia Scout gets taller suspension, rugged body cladding and new bumpers at both ends, and unique interior trim features.
The new Scout sits 33mm higher than the regular Octavia wagon, which, combined with all-wheel-drive, makes it a candidate for light off-road work.
In the cabin, there’s classic black or black/brown trim options, and - like the Octavia Combi wagon - rear storage is listed at 610 litres seats up and 1740 litres when folded flat.
Engine options will include a pair of diesel units and one petrol engine, including a 110kW 2.0 litre TDI and 132kW 1.8 litre TSI engine.
Scout buyers will also have the option of a 135kW 2.0 TDI diesel combined with a six-speed DSG auto - the first time this combination has appeared in a Skoda.
In Australia, we can likely expect the Scout to be offered with a diesel engine only, matched with the Volkswagen Group’s DSG dual-clutch auto.
Exact launch timing is still to be confirmed, although Skoda Australia has confirmed a 2015 debut.