Prices and specifications have been announced for the new Škoda Octavia Scout 4X4. Based on the Octavia Combi estate, the first Octavia Scout was launched in 2004.

Costing from €35,495, the Octavia off roader has very few direct competitors in this class.

Škoda say the Octavia Scout sports a completely new front section with an even wider grille, while the new front light arrangement gives the Octavia Scout a new and more aggressive styling.

The Scout is fitted with 18” alloy wheels as standard and the car also benefits from increased 30mm increased ground clearance. All wheel drive provides the Scout with a critical increase in traction and safety.

In addition the front and rear axles are equipped with XDS+ electronic differential lock to deliver safer cornering.

Scout 4x4 models are capable of towing loads of up to 2,000kg permitted.

The 2.0 TDI 150bhp 4x4, fitted with a six speed manual transmission, is expected to make up the volume of sales with the 2.0 TDI, 184bhp, 6-speed DSG version also featuring.

In standard form the Octavia Scout will be powered by the familiar 2.0 TDI, 150bhp Diesel unit mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. For more power and driving comfort, a 2.0 TDI, 184bhbp is available with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Speaking at the launch of the Octavia Scout in Vienna, Cathal Kealey, PR manager, Škoda Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be introducing the next generation of Octavia Scout models on the back of the outgoing Octavia coming in as the fourth bestselling car in Ireland for the first three months of this year.

“The Scout 4x4 has an excellent reputation for its ruggedness and durability and has even been used by emergency response services in the North West. The Octavia Scout is highly affordable with 0% PCP Finance available until June 10.”

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