Skoda unveils facelifted Octavia RS and Scout

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Skoda Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout have now been face-lifted and are ready to be sold to the driving public. Following a facelift of the Skoda Octavia, the carmaker turned its eyes on the Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout, hereby revising their design and adding a couple of technological features like a new illumination system and an air quality sensor for the Climatronic air conditioning system.

For the revised Octavia RS, it features a redesigned front mask with an RS logo as well as bold headlamps that can be equipped with xenon units and an adaptive front lighting module. Moreover, the Octavia RS comes with a new bumper that has a wider and bolder induction aperture. This bumper also features new LED lamps for daytime lighting as well as new fog lamps with the Corner function.

Skoda also redesigned the covers of integrated tailgate lamps of the Octavia RS to make them more appealing. It also features a sports-tuned chassis lowered to 127 mm. Moreover, the facelifted Octavia RS now has less air resistance compared to the current version, making it more responsive and faster to accelerate when it is cruising at high speeds. Other exterior changes include the addition of the new Anthracite metallic paint as well as 18-inch Neptune wheels.

All of the available engines for the Octavia RS – a 2.0 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI CRengines – are both EU5 compliant. The 2.0 TSI engine develops up to 147 kW, consumes 7.5 liters of petrol per 100 km, and emits 175 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TDI CR engine provides up to 125 kW of power, consumes 5.7 liters of diesel per 100 km, and emits 150 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Both the 2.0 TSI and the 2.0 TDI CR engines are mated to a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Octavia RS is lighter by 20 kg in the petrol version and 15 kg in the diesel variant. Since 2000, Skoda has sold over 60,000 units of the Octavia RS, the estate version of which accounts for around 70 percent of total sales.

The Octavia Scout, meanwhile, is considered as the flagship of Skoda’s Scout model line. For its latest iteration, the new Octavia Scout has been revised to further highlight its affiliation with Octavia portfolio. It now features a redesigned radiator mask and dynamic headlamps. It also now comes with fog lights -- with the Corner function -- on its massive front bumper. It features the new Rosso Brunello metallic paint highlighted by a number of dynamic protective body elements.

Amazingly, the new Octavia Scout is well suited for off-road driving, thanks to a clear height of 179 mm as well as ample chassis protection. It features an all-wheel drive system that employs the fourth-generation Haldex clutch that could transmit up to 85 percent of the torque to a single wheel. Drivers can choose between two available engines – an EU5-compliant 1.8 TSI petrol engine that provides 118 kW of output, and a EU4-compliant 2.0 TDI PD DPF diesel engine that develops up to 103 kW (EU 4). Both engines are paired with a six-speed mechanical transmission.

Press Release

ŠKODA AUTO REVEALS NEW FACES OF OCTAVIA RS AND OCTAVIA SCOUT

Škoda Auto presents facelifted versions of the Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout. After the modernised Octavia launched late last year, the sports-tuned Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout have now been facelifted as well. Besides numerous design changes, both cars offer new technological solutions including, for example, an air quality sensor for the Climatronic air conditioning system and a new illumination system.

The facelifted Octavia RS has a redesigned front mask with an RS logo and bold headlamps that, for the first time in the RS version, can be fitted with xenon units combined with an adaptive front lighting module. Besides a wider and bolder induction aperture, the car's innovated bumper boasts a further two innovations: fog lamps with the Corner function and LED lamps for daytime lighting. The covers of integrated tailgate lamps have been redesigned to look more attractive, other innovations include, for example, a new metallic paint (Anthracite) and 18" Neptune wheels. The sports-tuned chassis has been lowered to 127 mm, the car's weight reduced by 20 kg in the petrol version and 15 kg in the diesel one. Significantly reduced air resistance has a positive impact upon the car's overall performance. The maximum speed is higher, and the car's responsiveness and acceleration have also been improved.

Complying with the EU 5 standard, the engines fitted to the Octavia RS include a 2.0 TSI/147 kW petrol unit with a consumption of 7.5 l/100 km and reduced CO2 emissions (175 g /km) and a 2.0 TDI CR/125 kW diesel engine (5.7l/100 km and 150 g/km, respectively). Both engines come exclusively with a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

The Octavia RS has been bought by over sixty thousand drivers since 2000 (of which 70 % in the estate (Combi) version).

The Scout line has built a steady position in Škoda's model portfolio. Bigger than the Roomster Scout and the Fabia Scout, the Octavia Scout is the flagship of this model line. The new vehicle has been facelifted to toe the line with the other models of the Octavia portfolio, including a redesigned radiator mask and bold headlamps. Fitted with fog lights with the Corner function, the massive front bumper underlines the vehicle's off-road appearance. Bold protective body elements are in harmony with a new metallic paint (Rosso Brunello).

With 179 mm of clear height and efficient chassis protection, the car is well geared for off-road driving. The all-wheel drive system includes the fourth-generation Haldex clutch able to transfer as much as 85 % of the torque to a single wheel. Two powerful engines - petrol 1.8 TSI/118 kW (EU 5) and diesel 2.0 TDI PD DPF/103 kW (EU 4) - combined with a six-speed mechanical transmission provide satisfactory performance levels.

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