As our man Alex Nunez said when he covered the preview press release at the beginning of this month, the Škoda Octavia Scout is based on the Volkswagen Golf Mk. V. It's a new small wagon derivative from Škoda that sits 16mm higher than the regular Octavia Combi 4x4.
It features unpainted bumpers, fender flares and side skirts, and skidplates front and rear, to make it look like its corporate cousin, the Audi Allroad. Not a bad start and the finish ain't bad either. The tail is reminiscent of the Porsche Cayenne, with a similar rear glass angle and tail lamps that look like 3/4-scale versions of those on the Porsche. Beefy tires on 17" five-spoke wheels add just the right stance to give this thing street trail cred.
Engines are the 140-hp 2.0 TDI or a 150-horse 2.0 FSI gas option. The Octavia Scout uses Škoda's version of VW's 4Motion system to make it at least somewhat trail-worthy. It should reach Škoda showrooms early in 2007. Similar in some ways to the newly announced VW Tiguan, hopefully the U.S. will get a Scout-like option package as smart as this Škoda.
(Paris and press photos, press release after the jump)
THE NEW ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT – PARTNER FOR LEISURE AND HOLIDAYS
Sometimes there is not a comfortable road on the way to the final destination, but the new Škoda Octavia Scout is prepared to continue – anytime, anywhere. Its ground clearance is 40 millimetres higher than that of the Octavia Combi and 16 mm greater than that of the Octavia Combi 4x4, thus increasing the its off-road ability considerably, enabling it to master poor and rutted tracks effortlessly.
The reliable four-wheel drive estate car, with its boot volume of up to 1620 litres, can cope with even the most demanding transport tasks and is ideally suited for hard daily use or as a partner for leisure and vacation. The Octavia Scout radiates a feeling of both power and dynamics. Robust and authentic, it is representative of the brand's competence in four-wheel drive and represents a further step in the still-young life cycle of the Octavia.
The Octavia Scout, at 4581 millimetres in length, is one centimetre longer, 1.5 centimetres wider and 1.3 centimetres higher than the Octavia 4x4. Newly designed bumpers at the front and rear, side mouldings and profiled door sills lend the Scout its design and are also an indication of its possible uses. Protective strips on the wheel housings, front door sills with "Scout" engraved on them and sumpguard protection front and rear equip the car for difficult tasks. The 17" "Proteus" alloy wheels cope with even the worst roads and provide reliability in the flight from the humdrum of the day. The Octavia Scout is also distinguished by its exclusive logo and polished steel dual exhaust pipes.
In the interior, the driver and passengers enjoy outstanding comfort. Under the comfortable front central armrest is the Jumbo box, a spacious storage compartment, something which normally is offered only in higher level models. Upholstery that is exclusive to the Octavia Scout, and a front passenger handgrip on the dashboard are further characteristics of the new model.
The Škoda Octavia Scout is supplied with the most powerful diesel and petrol engines - the 2.0 TDI PD diesel engine with 103 kW (140 HP) and the 2.0 FSI petrol engine with 110 kW (150 HP), both of which are four cylinder engines. The diesel is fitted with a diesel particle filter (DPF) as standard. Both engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
To provide its off-road capability, the Octavia Scout is fitted with the well-proven four-wheel drive system from Škoda Auto. The core of the drive train is the Haldex multi-plate clutch installed in front of the rear axle.
The Octavia Scout will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September 2006. Its market introduction is planned for the first quarter of 2007.
ŠKODA AUTO AT PARIS INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Škoda Auto's new concept car – the Škoda Joyster - is having a world premiere at the Paris International Motor Show. Shaped very dynamically, this leisure-time three-door front-wheel-drive compact vehicle is mainly targeted at young people. On top of its fresh-looking design, the vehicle offers a high degree of comfort and smart modern communication solutions. The Joyster concept demonstrates the big creative potential of the company's young designers led by Jens Manske. The team indeed creates new, simple and sophisticated solutions in the spirit of the company's advertising slogan "Simply Clever".
Besides the Joyster concept car, a further three items of Škoda Auto's product portfolio are having world premieres at the event:
- The Škoda Octavia Scout
- The Škoda Octavia RS and the Octavia Combi RS with the 2,0 TDI PD/125 kW engine
- Top-class equipment levels Laurin & Klement for the Octavia and the Superb
Based on the Octavia Combi 4x4, the Octavia Scout is going to reinforce the manufacturer's position in the four-wheel-drive and leisure-time segments and significantly extend the brand's model portfolio at the same time. With increased clear height, the four-wheel-drive system and two powerful engines 2.0 TDI PD/103 kW (140 HP) and 2.0 FSI/110 kW (150 HP), the model is another addition to the Octavia range.
Other attractive items to be exhibited by Škoda Auto at the Paris Motor Show include the Roomster, new top-class equipment levels Laurin & Klement for the Octavia and the Superb, as well as a new edition of the Octavia RS (sports version of the Octavia) with the powerful turbo diesel engine 2.0 TDI PD.
The demand for Škoda vehicles is growing. From January until June 2006, Škoda Auto's car sales grew by 12.4 compared to the same period of 2005. Specified in terms of the respective model lines, the number of customers buying the Octavia grew by 21.4 %, the sales of the Superb grew by 2.6 % and the sales of the Fabia by 4.2 %. Over 275,000 Škoda vehicles were sold over the said period.
Škoda Auto is planning to sell 530,000 vehicles over 2006, i.e., break the existing record. The brand is going to get over 500 thousand vehicles produced within one year for the very first time in its history. The new models offered by Škoda, i.e., the Octavia Scout, the Octavia RS 2.0 TDI PD/125 kW and the Roomster, are going to help significantly in the company's efforts aimed at meeting the target.
Škoda Auto currently employs 26,000 people and manufactures vehicles in five countries: the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. In 2007 Škoda Auto is going to start manufacturing cars also in its new production plant in China. Škoda vehicles are sold in altogether 90 countries.
Škoda Auto's presentation at the Paris International Motor Show is in Hall No. 4.