Skoda is a long standing partner for UK forces. We saw Skoda models used as ambulances or as police cars. Now we have news regarding the current generation Octavia Scout.
Powered by a choice of 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines outputting 150PS and 200PS respectively, the new Octavia Scout is offered exclusively with an all-wheel drive DSG transmission. The Scout provides excellent value to blue light fleet managers looking for one vehicle capable of performing a range of crucial duties.
With a platform raised by 15mm over the standard Octavia, for a total ground clearance of 161mm, the Scout boasts 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 – leaves it even better equipped to handle unpaved terrain.
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 (ABS, ASR, ESC and others) to off-road driving, ensures smooth power delivery and holds 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 aids driver focus.
Interior features unique to the Scout include black thermoflux upholstery with Tabor brown stitching and Scout logos found on the front seats and door sills. Alongside the 10.25” display of the Virtual Cockpit, ŠKODA’s Bolero infotainment system with 10″ touchscreen takes pride of place in the Octavia Scout’s spacious cabin. Compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto and Mirrorlink, and with five USB Type-C ports available for charging, the Scout offers all of the technical amenities required by modern emergency services users.
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 ŠKODA’s industry-leading ‘one-stop shop’ package.