Skoda launches new Octavia Scout exclusively to blue-light fleets
24 May 2021
Author: Simon Harris
Skoda has launched the off-road Scout version of its new Octavia estate exclusively to emergency services customers.
Powered by a choice of 2.0-litre diesel engines with 150hp and 200hp outputs, the new Octavia Scout is offered exclusively with an all-wheel drive DSG transmission.
The Octavia Scout comes with off-road modifications as standard, with 15mm extra ride height over the Octavia estate for a total ground clearance of 161mm, as well as a 15.8° approach angle, 13.9° departure angle, and ramp angle of up to 19.7°.
Its Rough Road Package - including a rear axle skid plate, revised suspension springs, and Scout-specific chassis tuning - enables paramedics, police and other emergency services to reach areas off road more safely.
The Scout is also the only car in the Octavia model series to offer the optional Off-Road function. This feature adapts the settings of the stability systems to off-road driving, ensuring smoother power delivery and holding the DSG gearbox at higher rpm before shifting. Tightening of safety belt tensioners is deactivated (if Crew Protect Assist is available) and ambient lighting is adjusted, while Hill Descent Assist further improves off-road safety.
Like the standard Octavia estate, the Scout has 640 litres of boot space can hold all the equipment that any police force, fire and rescue service or ambulance paramedic team needs.
Externally, the Scout is differentiated by its unique off-road front and rear bumpers, Scout-specific black plastic trims and Scout badges on the front wings. For further modifications specific to individual use cases, buyers can make use of Skoda's in-house package.
Called 'One-stop shop' and exclusively available to emergency services fleets, it allows vehicles to be purchased directly or financed through Volkswagen Financial Services.
Skoda can then provide vehicles fully converted to suit specific requirements, giving fleet managers the peace of mind that the conversion, breakdown recovery, service, maintenance and repair requirements are built into one complete package.