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.