The Czech automaker has officially introduced the latest representatives of the Octavia family after a generational change. The Octavia Scout off-road wagon and the Octavia RS high-performance version have become the cherry on a cake.
The Octavia is not just a very successful model of Skoda, it is the heart of the brand. It has the real commercial success and tops the bestseller lists in the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Finland. In Germany, the Octavia is the best-selling imported car for years.
The new fourth generation of the model, or rather the family, has been recently unveiled. The main innovation is a plug-in hybrid version with a powerful and efficient powertrain. The latest in the new lineup are the Octavia Scout and Octavia RS.
2020 Skoda Octavia Scout
The new Octavia Scout comes standard with the Rough-Road Package with the underbody protection and 15 mm increased ground clearance.
A new 200-hp 2.0 TDI EVO diesel engine added. The Octavia Scout with this mill can tow a trailer up to 2000 kg. It is the most powerful diesel engine in the Octavia’s history.
Like in other fourth-generation cars, the wagon’s cabin becomes more spacious.
It is also worth mentioning that for the first time the Scout gets a lighter and most likely cheaper front-wheel-drive version, although the standard vehicle comes with all-wheel drive.
2020 Skoda Octavia RS
Three new drive options are available for the new Octavia RS. This variety is offered to customers for the first time.
The first version is the aforementioned Octavia RS iV with the 245-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 1.4-liter petrol engine combines here with an electric motor and a 6-speed DSG gearbox.
The Octavia RS is also available with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine with a maximum output of 245 hp. Gearbox options are a mechanical 6-speed or a 7-speed automatic one. The third option is a diesel version with a 2.0 TDI engine (200 hp) and the 7-speed DSG.
Four-wheel drive is an additional option. The control electronics respond to changing of driving conditions within a fraction of a second and maintains driving dynamics, for example, during a fast turn. Here, the system transfers part of the torque to the opposite wheel, when the load on the inner wheel decreases, and maintains traction.
Now a few words about the new features of dynamic chassis control. The system is available as an option. The electronics controls suspension, damping and steering characteristics, DSG operation according to individual preferences. These settings are adjusted using the sliders on the central touchscreen.