The Czech brand has dropped the 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the previous version and instead Skoda will now offer its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel in two levels of tune; a 110kW entry-level model and a new 135kW variant. Power will be sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
As per the rest of the updated Skoda Octavia range there is a new-look front-end including full-LED adaptive headlights and new LED tail-lights.
However the Scout – which has a ride height 30mm higher than the standard Octavia wagon – is distinguished by silver underbody protection and plastic reinforcement (including the brake and fuel lines).
This extra toughness nods to some degree of off-road ability for the all-wheel-drive Skoda Octavia Scout, with the new bumpers increasing the entry and departure angles slightly to 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear. As well, both axles run an electronic differential lock.
Inside is the hallmark Octavia space including a luggage capacity of 610-litres (with the rear seat in-place) or 1,740-litres (rear seat folded).
The range-topping model in Europe comes with the ‘Columbus’ satellite navigation system complete with a 9.2-inch colour screen and Wi-Fi hotspot.
Other technology includes Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert, Crew Protect Assist (tensions seatbelts a and closes windows/sunroof in an accident), City Emergency Brake and Pedestrian Protection.
Full Australian specifications and prices will be revealed at launch.
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