New Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4 revealed

The new Octavia Scout 4X4 prices and specifications have been revealed for Skoda’s off-road Octavia derivative. It is based on the Octavia Combi estate version which was launched in 2004. Skoda claims that with prices starting from €35,495, its Octavia off roader has very few direct competitors in this class.

The Octavia Scout sports a new front section with an even wider grille. The new front light arrangement gives this Scout a new and more aggressive styling. The lower part of the front bumper is fitted with new silver coloured underbody protection. Protective side moldings also provide additional protection.

The Scout is fitted with 18 inch alloy wheels as standard for increased style and also benefits from increased 30mm increased ground clearance. And the all-wheel-drive provides the Scout with a critical increase in traction and safety.

The central component of the system is a hydraulic multi plate clutch with electronic control. Positioned in front of the rear axle the clutch unit constantly monitors and calculates the sufficient torque to be delivered to the rear wheels. In addition, the front and rear axles are equipped with XDS+ electronic differential lock to deliver safer cornering.

Skoda says the Scout 4x4 models are excellent for towing with loads of up to 2,000kg permitted. The 2.0 TDI 150bhp 4x4, fitted with a six speed manual transmission, is expected to make up the volume of sales with the 2.0 TDI, 184bhp, six-speed DSG version also featuring. Compared to the previous Octavia, the Scout has an increased rear wheel track of 30mm. This provides improved road holding and cornering ability. The interior has also been refreshed with new seating upholsteries and instrument cluster.

In standard form the Octavia Scout will be powered by the familiar 2.0 TDI, 150bhp diesel unit mated to a six-speed manual transmission. For more power and driving comfort a 2.0 TDI, 184bhp is available with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Skoda says the new Scout also enjoys upgraded infotainment systems. It adds that the Columbus is the best system available in the Skoda range and boasts a 9.2” colour touch screen.

Compared to the previous Octavia the biggest advancements are in the area of connectivity. The Octavia Scout models come as standard with infotainment online, allowing the driver to access news, weather and parking data.

Care connect is available as an option for the first time in the Octavia and provides emergency call function and remote access to your vehicle via the drivers smart phone.

Through the drivers smartphone they can view their vehicle on a map and also activate the vehicles honk and flash function in order to locate the car in a busy car park for example.

Speaking at the launch of the Octavia Scout, Cathal Kealey, pr manager, Skoda Ireland, said: "We are delighted to be introducing the next generation of Octavia Scout models on the back of the outgoing Octavia coming in as the fourth bestselling car in Ireland for the first three months of this year. The Scout 4x4 has an excellent reputation for its ruggedness and durability and has even been used by emergency response services in the North West. The Octavia Scout is highly affordable with zero per cent PCP finance available until June 10, 2017."

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