A SALOON TAXI WORKHORSE: The new generation Skoda Octavia Scout revealed

The new generation of Škoda Octavias includes a new Octavia Scout model primed for the UK saloon taxi market.

The new model features what is described as “rugged” details, off-road flair, increased ground clearance and all-wheel drive. The model is now set to write the next chapter, with the brand’s bestseller first launched in 2007 now in its fourth generation.

The Octavia Scout features the Rough-Road package as standard, including underbody protection and 15mm more ground clearance. The vehicle comes fitted with a 2.0 TDI engine producing 147 kW (200 PS) and if asked to could pull a braked trailer weighing up to 2,000 kg.

Like its Octavia siblings, the Scout – which at 4,703mm and 1,829mm is now 16mm longer and 15mm 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 30l to 640l. 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.

In addition to its new design, the multifunctional estate offers more space than its predecessor and is now also available with front-wheel drive as an option.

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 protects the vehicle body and provides 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 Scout is equipped with LED fog lights as standard and bears exclusive Scout badges on its front wings.

The Škoda Octavia’s new interior concept is said to provide a new sense of spaciousness and improved ease of operation 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. 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.

Image credits: Skoda

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