Skoda Octavia Scout 2014: new rugged estate revealed

4 Mar, 2014 3:01pm Luke Madden

New Skoda Octavia Scout makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The new Skoda Octavia Scout 2014 is a more rugged, raised version of the Golf-based Octavia, set to be introduced to the UK this summer.

Skoda Octavia Scout review

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.

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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.

Skoda produces a range of Scout models, including the Roomster and Fabia Estate, though neither of those is available with four-wheel drive fitted.

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