New Skoda Octavia Scout set for Geneva unveiling

A jacked-up, off-road version of the already very capable Octavia Estate is due to be revealed at the Geneva motor show next month.> Dubbed the Skoda Octavia Scout, the beefy addition to the model range will feature toughened up front and rear bumpers (complete with bash plates), a wider air intake at the front and accentuated fog lamps.

The Octavia Scout isn't simply a design exercise, either, as ground clearance has been increased by 33mm over the standard Octavia and a new all-wheel-drive system has been fitted to ensure true off-road abilities.

According to Skoda, traction has increased by "25% to up to two tonnes. In addition, the start-up performance and climbing power of the all-rounder has significantly improved."

A new range of engines will also be on display at the famous automotive meeting, including two diesels and one petrol unit.

These are said to be 20 per cent more economical than the powerplants found in the Octavia Scout's predecessor and are likely to be pinched from elsewhere in the Skoda line-up.

Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, said: "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."

There is little news on pricing at the moment but expect to pay a premium over the standard Octavia Estate's £17,115 price tag or check back in the coming weeks for more Geneva-based details.

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