Czech car maker Skoda is adding yet another variant to its Octavia range with the debut of the Scout version at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The Octavia Scout is one of those jacked-up estate cars with rugged looks that are more versatile than a normal estate, but no quite capable enough to be called a utility vehicle. Skoda calls it a “robust all-rounder”.
Compared to the Kombi version, Skoda Octavia Scout features higher ground clearance by 33mm, 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, and black bumpers with silver-coloured off-road attachments on the front and rear, giving it a fake SUV look. The interior is pretty mellow compared to the exterior, and features a 3-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel.
Skoda has not revealed yet the engine lineup for the Octavia Scout, but it should inherit the same powertrains offered with the standard models. It is not all show and no go though, boasting a clever all-wheel-drive system featuring Haldex-5 coupling which, apparently, increases traction by 25%, meaning the Scout can climb up and down some pretty steep hills like a boss.
“The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout really is a smart offroader in every way – a name that has to be earned at ŠKODA,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “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.”