Skoda has detailed UK pricing and specifications for the new Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid ahead of order books opening on 3 November.
Prices for the PHEV option - Skoda's most potent vRS model yet - start from £35,020 for the hatchback and £36,220 for the estate. Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine mated to a 114bhp electric motor for a combined system output of 242bhp (identical to the petrol vRS) and 295lb ft, the iV achieves a 0-62mph time of 7.3sec and a top speed of 152mph. Skoda claims that an increased torque output over the 2.0-litre petrol car means the iV sprints from 50mph to 70mph 2.2sec quicker.
As is usually the case with plug-in hybrids, the iV also significantly improves on its range-mates' consumption figures, with the estate capable of between 176.6mpg and 235.4mpg, and the saloon managing between 176.6mpg and 256.8mpg. CO2 emissions are put at between 26g/km and 36g/km, depending on the car's spec.
The hybrid's 13kWh battery pack is good for a WLTP-certified 39 miles of electric-only range and can be fully charged in 3.5 hours at a 3.6kW charger.
UK order books will open on Tuesday 27 October for the 242bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol version with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (DSG). The diesel version will follow at a later date. Both the hatch and estate body shapes will be available at launch, with prices starting at £31,495 and £32,695 respectively.
The petrol unit will eventually be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as well.
The diesel uses a 197bhp 2.0-litre engine, which is DSG-equipped only. Both variants can be optionally had with an on-demand four-wheel drive system. No performance or economy details have been released as yet.