If you want a Volkswagen, you'll buy a Volkswagen. Right? That may be simple enough in the North American market, but overseas buyers can opt for Seat or Skoda versions of the same vehicles. Seats often offer more power and sportiness compared to the VW models they're based on, while Skoda tends to offer a lower price point with more space and equipment. In this case, Skoda has announced the availability of a new all-wheel drive system on a variety of its models.
The fourth-generation Haldex system is similar to those used in transverse-engined models from other Volkswagen Group models like the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 and TT, unlike the Torsen systems found in longitudinally-engined cars like Audi's sedans. The addition of the system to the Superb and Octavia – along with a new 2.0-liter TDI with DSG – joins the Yeti in the Czech brand's line-up of all-wheel drive models.
The system channels up to 96% of power to the front wheels – effectively shutting down the all-wheel drive system – under normal conditions, and kicks in under limited-traction circumstances. Details in the press release after the jump.