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Skoda reveals new faces of Octavia RS and Octavia Scout

2009 Skoda Octavia RS (copyright image)

The new Skoda Octavia RS

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22nd April, 2009

Skoda Auto last night released the first images of the facelifted Octavia RS and Octavia Scout. Following the local launch of the new Octavia last month, the RS and Scout have been updated to bring them into line with the current range with the new 'family face' of Skoda.

The sporty Octavia RS has proved popular since it was launched in 2000 in Europe. More than 60,000 have been sold, 70 per cent of which were the estate version.

The facelifted RS has a redesigned front grille featuring the RS logo and bold headlamps, which for the first time can be fitted with xenon headlights combined with the adaptive front lighting system. The car has two more completely new features: front fog lamps with optional cornering function and LED lamps for daytime lighting. The rear lights have been redesigned to look more attractive and new 18” Neptune alloy wheels are available.

Other changes to the RS include a new metallic paint, Anthracite, and a lowered (now 127 mm) sports-tuned chassis. The car is also lighter – the petrol version by 20 kg and the diesel by 15 kg. With reduced air resistance the maximum speed of the RS is now higher and the car’s responsiveness and acceleration have also been improved.

2009 Skoda Octavia Scout (copyright image)

The new Skoda Octavia Scout

The RS is available with a choice of two engines, which both comply with the EU5 standard, being the 2.0 T FSI and the 2.0 TDI CR. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual twin-clutch DSG transmission.

The Scout range is an established and an increasingly popular part of Skoda’s portfolio in Europe, and the new Octavia Scout is the flagship of the line. Since its introduction in 2007, more than 22,000 customers worldwide have bought the Octavia Scout.

The new Skoda Octavia Scout has a redesigned front grille, bold headlamps and body-coloured side mouldings. The front fog lights can be fitted with the optional cornering function and the large front bumper emphasises the car’s rugged appearance. A new metallic paint, Rosso Brunello, is also available across the Octavia range.

With 179 mm ground clearance and efficient chassis protection, the Octavia Scout can also handle itself off-road. The all-wheel drive system features the fourth-generation Haldex clutch, which can transfer as much as 86 per cent of the torque to a single wheel.

The Octavia Scout is available with two engines – the petrol 1.8 TSI (Euro 5) and diesel 2.0 TDI PD PDF (EU4) – combined with a six-speed manual transmission.


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