Skoda has announced a suite of technology upgrades for its versatile Octavia Scout model.
The Czech manufacturer has been overhauling the Octavia range with the most rugged and versatile variant the last to be upgraded.
To improve the Scout’s off road capability, its ground clearance has been increased by 30mm, while the car’s underbody comes with a plastic covering as standard. Approach angles have also been improved to 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear.
The all-wheel drive system uses a hydraulic multi-plate clutch system with an electronic differential lock on each axle as standard, which can transfer power to the wheels with the most grip. This helps improve traction on slippery surfaces.
From launch there will be one 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with two different power outputs of 148 and 181bhp. The less powerful version achieves marginally better fuel economy, with 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 130g/km, while the more powerful version manages 55.4mpg and 133g/km.
The exterior design has been slightly reworked with a more prominent bonnet, wider front grille and full LED headlights.
Inside, the Octavia is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated steering wheel and seats, and a climate control system that adapts the cabin’s air and moisture quality depending on the outside climate.
The Skoda Octavia Scout comes with a wide range of driver assistance systems including blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alerts and ‘crew protect’, which closes the windows and tensions the seatbelts in preparation for a crash.