The new Skoda Octavia Scout will be priced from £25,315 when order books open later this month.

The new model, which made its debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, is designed to be a "robust all-rounder" and features more aggressive SUV-inspired styling than the regular Octavia estate on which it is based. 

Larger front and rear bumpers with silver-coloured guards give the Octavia Scout a muscular look, while the front also gets a wider air intake and new fog light designs. Protective side mouldings are marked out in black along the sides, as are the door sills and extended wheel arches.

The Octavia Scout's ride height is raised by 33mm over the standard model, and the car sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. Skoda has fitted the Scout with a fifth-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive system, which the Czech manufacturer says helps to improve the climbing power of the car.

Two engine options are available at launch, a 2.0-litre TDI with 148bhp coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km, and a 181bhp version of that engine coupled to a DSG transmission. In this latter guise, the Octavia Scout also returns 55.4mpg, but CO2 emissions rise to 134g/km.

Altogether, Skoda says the new Octavia Scout is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Inside, a new three-spoke steering wheel developed specifically for the Scout controls most functions. A central infotainment display has also been installed, along with a part-leather interior. Options on the car include parking assistance, as well as a rear-view camera. 

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