Škoda completes the introduction of its bestseller's fourth generation with the launch of the Octavia RS and the estate with off-road styling, the Octavia Scout. The new range-topping Octavias boast even higher levels of safety, new assistance systems, more comfort and modern connectivity features. Never before has Škoda offered as many powertrain variants as in the latest-generation models.
The RS and Scout models have been at the top of the Octavia family for several generations. The Škoda Octavia RS iV - the brand's first-ever RS model to feature plug-in hybrid drive - is now followed by variants equipped with either the most powerful diesel or petrol engine of the entire model range. This means that, for the first time, the Octavia RS is available with a choice of three powertrains. The 2.0 TDI from the new EVO generation now produces 147 kW (200 PS) and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. The new EVO variant of the 2.0 TSI has an output of 180 kW (245 PS), which powers the front wheels. For the new Škoda Octavia Scout, there is a choice of five diesel or petrol engines, and a 1.5 TSI featuring mild hybrid technology. For the first time, the estate with rugged body applications and off-road styling is no longer only available with all-wheel drive but now with front-wheel drive too.
Both the Octavia RS and Octavia Scout also benefit from all the upgrades the current generation has been provided with, such as an even bigger interior, more comfort, the highest levels of active and passive safety, and modern connectivity features. Apart from the Škoda Octavia Scout, all variants are available as a hatchback or a COMBI, and the powertrain portfolio for the model is now bigger than ever. In addition to efficient diesel and petrol engines and the Octavia G-TEC, which is designed to run on eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG), the line-up also includes electrified powertrains for the first time. The Octavia iV plug-in hybrid generates a system output of 150 kW (204 PS), while the Octavia RS iV delivers 180 kW (245 PS). The Octavia e-TEC is the first Škoda model to feature mild hybrid technology and makes use of a 48V belt-driven starter motor and a 48V lithium-ion battery. The engines available for this model produce 81 kW (110 PS) and 110 kW (150 PS) respectively.
Škoda Octavia Scout: Powertrain and chassis
To date, the Octavia Scout has only ever been available as an all-wheel-drive estate. This new generation of the successful model with off road styling can now also be ordered as a front-wheel-drive variant. An engine featuring mild hybrid technology is another first for the Scout, and the most powerful 2.0 TDI now delivers 147 kW (200 PS).
When fitted with a 2.0 TDI engine delivering 147 kW (200 PS), the Škoda Octavia Scout can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000 kg. The all-wheel-drive model has a fuel capacity of 55 l, which is 10 l more than the standard Škoda Octavia variant can hold.
New, sixth-generation multi-plate clutch
The Octavia Scout's all-wheel-drive system makes use of a new electronically controlled multi plate clutch. This clutch, now in its sixth generation, is nearly 0.8 kg lighter than its predecessor and it is not only more efficient but also consumes less fuel, thanks to the use of low friction oil, reduced bearing preload and refined internal lubrication. For improved responsiveness, the control unit has been integrated, making an external processing unit redundant. The software assesses the customer's driving style to determine whether all-wheel drive is required, completely shutting off the electric motor that drives the oil pump if necessary. If all wheel drive is required, the system is re-engaged within fractions of a second.
Rough-Road package with increased ground clearance and special off-road function
The Škoda Octavia Scout comes with a Rough-Road package, including underbody protection at the front and rear as standard. Featuring 15 mm additional ground clearance (163 mm overall), the Škoda Octavia Scout is equipped for off-road driving, making it the perfect vehicle to meet a variety of requirements. Apart from the 2.0 TDI producing 85 kW, adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is an optional extra for vehicles with a 2.0-litre engine. Without DCC, the driver can set the characteristics of the XDS+ system to Normal or Sport using Driving Mode Select. XDS+ is an extension of the electronic differential lock (EDL) and improves traction.
The Scout is the only model in the Octavia range to include an optional off-road function, which can also be activated via the central display in Driving Mode Select. This function adapts the settings of the driving stability systems to the driving conditions on dirt tracks and gravel. The accelerator is less sensitive and the DSG only changes gear at higher engine speeds. The package also includes Hill-Descent Assist. The multi-link rear axle fitted in the all-wheel-drive Octavia Scout distinguishes itself by providing high levels of comfort and good handling.
Škoda Octavia Scout: Innovative technologies
The Škoda Octavia Scout boasts a wealth of new technologies and all of the assistance systems the fourth-generation Octavia has to offer. Shift-by-wire technology to operate the car's DSG and a head-up display are the latest features for the model, as are new systems for increasing safety further, such as Collision Avoidance Assist and Turn Assist.
An optional head-up display is making its Octavia Scout debut. This projects the most important information - such as speed, navigation advice, traffic signs and activated driver assistance systems - onto the windscreen, which can be heated as an option.
Innovative technologies from the fourth-generation Octavia
The new Octavia Scout can be ordered with numerous innovations that Škoda introduced with the launch of this fourth-generation range. The bestseller - fitted with DSG - is the brand's first car to use shift-by-wire technology. The driver selects gears via a small rocker switch located in the centre console, which transmits the commands electronically. New assistance systems, such as Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist and Exit Warning (available from spring 2021), as well as the Local Traffic Warning mean that journeys in the Octavia Scout are even safer. What's more, the model is now on the market with full LED Matrix headlights, allowing the driver to leave the high beam on at all times. And it can be ordered with full LED tail lights, which feature not only dynamic indicators but also an animated Coming/Leaving Home function.
New and improved assistance systems in the Octavia Scout
Other new and improved assistance systems from the fourth-generation Octavia are also available for the Škoda Octavia Scout. Side Assist warns the driver of vehicles approaching from behind or when they are in the blind spot, up to a distance of 70 m. It also helps to prevent accidents on motorways and dual carriageways. In urban environments, Front Assist - including Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection - warns of collisions visually, acoustically and by gently applying the brakes, slowing the car down when necessary. It detects moving and stationary vehicles in the direction of traffic, and also cyclists and people who are moving in front of the car.
Škoda Octavia Scout: Rugged design
Thanks to its silver-coloured underbody protection and design details, the Škoda Octavia Scout can be identified as the rugged variant of the model range from the outside. LED fog lights and 18-inch alloys come as standard, as do silver-coloured roof rails and silver-finish wing mirror housings.
Specific front and rear bumpers featuring aluminium-effect underbody protection allow the Škoda Octavia Scout to be identified at first glance. The model also sports protective, black plastic trims for the wheel arches, side sills and lower part of the doors. The front and rear diffusers, roof rails and window frames come in a silver finish, as do the housings of the electrically adjustable, folding and heated wing mirrors with automatic dimming function. The Octavia Scout is equipped with LED fog lights as standard and sports exclusive Scout badges on its front wings. There is a choice of 11 paint finishes.
18- and 19-inch alloy wheels
The Škoda Octavia Scout's distinct appearance is accentuated by 18-inch silver-coloured Braga alloy wheels, which come as standard. They can also be ordered in anthracite; 19-inch Manaslu alloys are another option.
Improved drag coefficient
The more dynamic lines of the new-generation Octavia reduce drag. Its drag coefficient (cd) of 0.29 makes the Škoda Scout one of the most aerodynamic cars in its segment.