Skoda has announced a new addition to its Octavia estate range â€“ the four-wheel drive Scout.
The carmaker describes the new model as "surefooted", owing to its 4×4 system, and said that its appearance is "robust and muscular".
Two engines will be offered with the car â€“ a two-litre, FSI, 150bhp petrol version and a two-litre, TDI, 140bhp diesel. Both will feature the second generation of the Haldex clutch, which reportedly allows up to 98 per cent of power to be transferred between the front and rear wheels.
Among the standard equipment for the car is a twin chrome exhaust, 17-inch alloy wheels, sunset glass, dual zone air conditioning, rear acoustic parking sensors and cruise control.
Introducing its new car, Skoda stated: "The Scout’s rugged personality is accentuated by increased ground clearanceâ€¦aluminium protective under-trays front and rear, chunky protective body mouldings and ESP with hill hold control."
The company is hoping that the launch of the Scout will help its Octavia range emulate the success it experienced in 2006 this year.
Nearly 17,900 Octavia models were sold last year â€“ contributing to the overall sales of 39,000 that Skoda achieved.