The Skoda Octavia Scout has been revealed with an updated raft of technology and improved off-road ability, claims the car maker.
It is the final facelifted variant in the Octavia range to be revealed this year.
As with the standard Octavia and sporting vRS variant, the Octavia Scout gets the same headlight treatment as the rest of the range, with the model’s rugged styling maintained from the pre-facelift car.
It’s available with two diesel engines; 145bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel units, with top speeds of 129mph and 136mph, respectively. The former takes 9.1sec to reach 62mph and returns a claimed 56.5mpg with emissions of 130g/km CO2, while the latter reaches 62mph in 7.8sec, returns 56.5mpg, Skoda claims, and emits 133g/km CO2.
The styling tweaks at the front-end are the most notable aesthetic change, but Skoda claims greater off-road abilities thanks to increased ramp angles of 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear.
Skoda has also made the Rough-Road package part of the Octavia Scout’s standard equipment, which brings plastic protection for the bottom of the car. As with the rest of the range, a new infotainment system has been fitted, bringing a 9.2in screen to the top-of-the-range setup.
Technological upgrades are also a large part of the Octavia Scout’s facelift; like the vRS, the Scout now gets trailer and blind spot assists, rear traffic alert and the crew protect assist, which prepares the car for a detected imminent crash by tightening seat belts, closing all windows and sunroofs.
As with the Octavia vRS, the Scout’s reveal a few weeks after the standard Octavia range means orders open in January 2017, with first deliveries later in the first quarter.