Late last year, the Czech Škoda Auto introduced a new generation of the popular Octavia model. In March 2020, the offer was supported by the first version of the highly anticipated version of RS, which is also available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time.
At the same time, the carmaker plans to produce 180,000 Octavia fourth-generation vehicles in the RS sports version, which is roughly the same as the previous generation of this model. This was stated today by Peter Toman of Škoda Auto’s product marketing department.
The sports version accounts for about 12 percent of the Octavia’s production, and according to Zbyněk Straškrab, the share of the upcoming generation should increase to about 15 percent, as the range of drives has expanded from the above hybrid. Apart from the Czech Republic, the biggest markets for the sports-toned Octavia are mainly Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Austria.
The current design can boast, among other things, excellent aerodynamics. It has an air resistance coefficient cx of 0.25, which contributes to favorable consumption and low CO2 emissions. Many body parts are aerodynamically modified, such as the Air Curtain air curtains on the front bumper, side revolver, rear bumper diffuser and rear elevator rudder or aerodynamic wheel discs .
Historically the most powerful
The most powerful Octavia is available in petrol and diesel versions and, for the first time, also as a plug-in hybrid. The 2.0 TDI Evo engine, which achieves 147 kW (200 hp) “only”, is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The new generation 2.0 TSI engine achieves a maximum output of 180 kW (245 hp) and drives the front wheels. Third, there is an upper plug-in hybrid that includes a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and electric motor, as well as a total output of 245 hp.
When it comes to charging, using a 230 V socket, charging from zero to 80 percent of the battery capacity takes three hours and 45 minutes. Charging a hundred percent capacity takes five hours. On a wall box with an output of 3.6 kW, charging to 80 percent takes two hours and 33 minutes, to 100 percent capacity takes three hours and 33 minutes. The range of electricity is up to about 60 kilometers to charge.
Source: HN / Radoslav Petrík
Enhanced traction and drive characteristics are provided by the electronically controlled differential lock on the front axle as standard with the TSI engine versions. All-wheel drive is optional on the version with a TDI engine, the standard is steering and progressive control of the DSG automatic transmission via a shift-by-wire system, where the choice of drive mode is not mechanical, but electronically.
Incidentally, the RS version is 15 millimeters lower than the standard Octavia. However, this does not apply to the RS iV version, where the ground clearance is the same as the standard Octavia, in order to maintain higher battery protection. Competitors for the sharp Octavia, for example, are the Hyundai i30 N, Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RS, Kia Ceed GT or Peugeot 308 GT-line.
Also as a field adventurer
In addition to the RS version, Škoda launched the Scouts’ outdoor version with three engines – a 2.0 TSI petrol engine with a output of 140 kW (190 hp), a 2.0 TDI diesel engine with a 110 kW (150 hp) output and, for the first time, 147 kW (200 hp). Again, this station wagon model is offered with solid body elements and off-road vehicle features with all-wheel drive and special off-road mode. The vehicle, on the other hand, is 15 millimeters higher than the standard version.
An adaptive CDC chassis is also available on request. If the car has a choice of driving mode without DCC, the driver can set the XDS + response via Normal or Sport modes. XDS +, which enhances traction, is a functional extension of the electronic differential lock (EDS).
Off-road Octavia Scout accounts for a total of about four percent of Octavia production and is the only model in this range to offer off-road functionality (adjusts the layout of the driving stability systems for off-roading way). It’s a kind of compromise between the features of an SUV and the functionality of a conventional station wagon, for example.
Last year, Škoda Auto delivered 1.24 million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, producing in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mainly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in collaboration with local partners. It is active in more than a hundred markets and next year the carmaker is preparing a new generation of the Fabia model, which should appear later in the station’s wagon version.