Where no Oc­tavia has gone be­fore

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

IT’S BEEN a busy time for Skoda. Not only have we seen the launch of the Oc­tavia hatch, es­tate and sport­ing mod­els, now we have an im­proved ver­sion of the go-any­where model, the Oc­tavia Scout.

This is the most ver­sa­tile mem­ber of the fam­ily and comes with var­i­ous in­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment.

It launches with two en­gine vari­ants and state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive tech­nol­ogy. Ground clear­ance has been in­creased by 30mm com­pared to the es­tate. It means it can cope with rough ter­rain and has good climb­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, a high tow­ing ca­pac­ity and nu­mer­ous ‘Sim­ply Clever’ fea­tures from Skoda.

It comes with LED lights, sil­ver-coloured un­der­body pro­tec­tion at front and rear and pro­tec­tion for the un­der­car­riage in­clud­ing brake and fuel lines.

Oc­tavia Scout has a elec­tronic hy­draulic multi-plate clutch which makes for bet­ter off-road driv­ing and it has bet­ter ramp an­gles mean­ing it can cope with rougher ground.

Both the front and rear axle are fit­ted with an elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tial lock (EDL) as stan­dard. EDL al­lows the car to pull away smoothly on dif­fi­cult sur­faces.

Prices will be an­nounced shortly.

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