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Should Skoda Launch Octavia Scout in India?

By Nitesh Sharma   |   11 July,2014

Officially unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Octavia Scout is all set to go on sale from next month in international markets. Octavia Scout is based on Combi version with additional body cladding and off road package which gives it rugged looks and fresh appearance.

This treatment looks quite similar to what once Skoda tried with their hatchback Fabia Scout in India. The front and rear ends of Skoda Octavia Scout gets silver finishing on them and it comes standard with rough road package including additional underbody protection. Silver coloured roof rail rails are an optional feature which surely adds to the dynamic presence of this car. The Scout badging is visible on its front grille. The interiors are either complete black or available with black/brown combination. Octavia Scout has a boot capacity of 610 liters with all seats occupied which can be increased by folding down its rear seats. The car sits high on 17 inches wheels and has a ground clearance of 171mm which is 31mm more than the normal version.

The Scout will be available with one petrol and two diesel engines. The two different 2.0L diesel engines pump out a power output of 181 bhp and 148 bhp respectively. The powerful unit is served with 7-speed DSG while the second option comes equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. For the first time ever, the 181 bhp version of the 2.0L engine will be seen along with 4-wheel drive in this car. The 1.8L TSI petrol unit has a power output of 177 bhp which comes equipped with a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

If we talk about this car from our market’s perspective then it really sounds like a cool idea because we know, Skoda has never hesitated to experiment in our market. Be it Octavia Combi or Fabia Scout, Skoda launched those products in India when our market was not even ready for it. Now, looking at cars like the Etios Cross and Cross Polo in our market being rather well received here, there are possibilities that in near future buyers may want to upgrade to premium, rugged looking and well-engineered cars like the Octavia Scout.

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