The Octavia Scout is being offered with a front-wheel-drive configuration for the first time ever

Skoda is working hard on keeping its best-selling moniker, the Octavia, tip-top. The car received a new-gen model last year, and a few months back, the automaker introduced the vRS version as well.

Now, Skoda has revealed the new Octavia Scout ahead of its launch slated in July. The wagon features a few aesthetic changes and looks a little more off-road friendly than the outgoing model. The Scout is based on the latest generation of the Octavia Combi (read wagon) and is longer and wider than its predecessor. It also sits higher off the ground.

What’s New On The Outside?

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In terms of cosmetic upgrades, the 2021 Octavia Scout has received changes all around that bring out the wagon’s off-road side. The wagon is 16 mm longer and 15 mm wider. It now comes with the Rough Road package as standard that adds 15 mm to the ground clearance and underbody protection.

Up front, Skoda has equipped a new bumper and a diffuser on the new Octavia Scout. The headlights are the same, but for the 2021 model, the Czech company is offering full LED matrix headlights as optional. The fog lights are now LED as standard.
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Black plastic cladding is added to the wheel arches, which don’t go well with the premium vibe of the Scout. It rides on 18-inch silver Braga wheels as standard, but you can opt for the 19-inch Manaslu wheels for extra moolah. Things in the rear are the same as the current model, except for the redesigned bumper. Skoda has not played around much with the design except for the few additions to give it a rough look.

Are There Any Changes Inside The Cabin?

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On the inside things are a little different, too. It looks to be a tad bit spacious, thanks to the increased length and width. The cargo space now measures 22.6 cubic feet, an increase of one cubic foot. The redesigned dashboard layout looks fresh and premium. The upholstery on the dashboard, seats, and steering wheel receives Tabor Brown contrast stitching, whereas the pedals are finished in aluminum. The most noteworthy addition to the cabin is the 10-inch, free-standing touchscreen infotainment system. We’re yet to hear if it features an updated software or not.

It Will Be Offered With A Front-Wheel-Drive Layout

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Along with the multitude of engine options, Skoda will be offering the 2021 Octavia Scout with a front-wheel-drive configuration, too. This could be to lure the buyers on a budget. This drive layout will be offered with the 1.5-liter TSI engine and the 2.0-liter TDI mill that make 148 and 113 horsepower, respectively. These engines send power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine can also be had in an e-TEC mild-hybrid avatar with a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

There’s A New Engine Offered As Well

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The automaker is offering a new EVO-gen 2.0-liter TDI mill that churns out 197 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission. Other than this, you can opt for the 2.0-liter TDI engine in a different guise that makes 148 horses. If you need powerful petrol, there’s the 2.0-liter TSI that produces 187 ponies. Both these engines are also mated to the seven-speed DSG gearbox and an all-wheel-drive layout as standard.

Skoda also said that with the new EVO-gen 2.0-liter TDI engine, the Scout can tow up to 4,409 pounds. With the growing popularity of camper trailers, caravans, and boat trailers, this will be a big selling point.

Final Thoughts

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With the growing popularity of wagons, this one, too, should be a hit. The Scout checks all the boxes here – a premium interior, a plethora of engine options and drive layouts, and refreshed looks. The Rough Road package makes the Octavia Scout better suited for beaten paths. The pricing is yet to be revealed, but the starting price could see a significant drop, thanks to the small engine + manual transmission + front-wheel-drive layout.

Skoda will be debuting the wagon in the first half of July. What are your thoughts on the 2021 Skoda Octavia Scout? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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Press Release:

Lifestyle estate in its 3rd generation: The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT
Boasting off-road virtues, the new-generation OCTAVIA continues the SCOUT models’ success story
› Multifunctional lifestyle estate with a rugged appearance and 15 mm more ground clearance
› Even more spacious and the first OCTAVIA SCOUT with front-wheel drive on request

Mladá Boleslav, 10 June 2020 – The new generation of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA includes a new OCTAVIA SCOUT. The success story of this COMBI variant – featuring rugged details, off-road flair, increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive – began in 2007 and the model is set to write the next chapter, now that the brand’s bestseller is in its fourth generation. In addition to its emotive design, the multifunctional lifestyle estate offers even more space than its predecessor and is now also available with front-wheel drive as an option.

Whether it be a family holiday, the big weekly shop or a trip to the country with a mountain bike in the boot: the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT, available exclusively as an estate, is the perfect vehicle for many occasions. Featuring the Rough-Road package as standard, including underbody protection and 15 mm more ground clearance, the OCTAVIA SCOUT is ideally suited to off-road driving too and is a popular choice for towing a caravan, horse box or boat trailer. When fitted with a 2.0 TDI engine producing 147 kW (200 PS), it can even pull a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000 kg.

An OCTAVIA for any occasion boasting plenty of space
Like its OCTAVIA siblings, the SCOUT – which at 4,703 mm and 1,829 mm is now 16 mm longer and 15 mm wider respectively – offers an even more generous amount of space than its predecessor. The largest boot capacity in the segment to date has increased by a further 30 l to 640 l. The SCOUT can be ordered with innovative full LED Matrix headlights, which are making their OCTAVIA debut and allow drivers to have the high beam on at all times.

Efficient TDI and TSI engines and, for the first time, front-wheel drive
A new, EVO-generation 2.0 TDI with a power output of 147 kW (200 PS) and 400 Nm of torque is celebrating its premiere in the OCTAVIA SCOUT – it is the most powerful diesel in the history of the model range to date. What’s more, in addition to four-wheel drive, ŠKODA is now also offering its lifestyle estate with front-wheel drive. Customers can now opt for a 2.0 TDI with an output of 85 kW (115 PS), a 1.5 TSI delivering 110 kW (150 PS) – both of which are equipped with a manual 6‑speed transmission – or an e-TEC version of the 1.5 TSI featuring a 7-speed DSG and mild hybrid technology. Alternatively, there is also the choice of one of the two range-topping engines – a 2.0 TSI producing 140 kW (190 PS) and a 2.0 TDI delivering 147 kW (200 PS) – or the 2.0 TDI offering 110 kW (150 PS), all of which come with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG as standard.

Rugged appearance with SCOUT-typical details
Distinct front and rear bumpers, each with aluminium-look underbody protection, and additional black plastic trims on the wheel arches, side sills and at the bottom of the doors protect the OCTAVIA SCOUT’s body and provide it with a distinct appearance. This is rounded off by the standard 18-inch silver-coloured Braga alloy wheels or the optionally available 19-inch Manaslu alloys. The front and rear diffusers, roof rails and window frames come in a silver finish, as do the housings of the electrically adjustable, folding and heated wing mirrors that include an automatic dimming function. The OCTAVIA SCOUT is equipped with LED fog lights as standard and bears exclusive SCOUT badges on its front wings.

A SCOUT feel in the redesigned interior
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA’s new interior concept provides a new sense of spaciousness and improved ease of operation in the SCOUT variant too. The redesigned dashboard is modular and arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display measuring up to 10 inches. The centre console is adorned with chrome detailing, which can also be found on the new door trims and handles. SCOUT-specific decorative trims on the dashboard as well as ThermoFlux seats and SCOUT logos on the front seats provide special visual touches in the interior. The OCTAVIA SCOUT’s pedals feature an aluminium finish, whilst its upholstery, steering wheel, armrests and dashboard all come with contrasting Tabor Brown stitching.

The world premiere of the brand-new OCTAVIA SCOUT and detailed information about it as well as other new features in the OCTAVIA family will follow in early July.

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