And the wraps have just come off it at the Geneva Motor Show. It follows the same formula as its predecessor, so it’s fitted with plastic cladding and a ride height increased by 33mm.
To go with its new off-road styling the Scout gets a four-wheel-drive system and improved approach and departure angles so it can tackle more challenging terrain compared with the old Scout.
Underneath the bonnet will be a choice of 2.0 TDI diesel engines or a 1.8-litre TSI turbo petrol. The maximum towing weight is now up by 25 per cent to two tonnes, while a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.
“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,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda member of the board of management for technical development.
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