The Czech brand's new mid-size wagon with off-road intentions features a new-generation all-wheel-drive system that Skoda claims has increased traction by up to 25 per cent, and improved the climbing power and start-up performance.
The styling of the car has its off-road benefits, too, with better approach and departure angles than the car it replaces, while the protective wheel arch mouldings and underbody cladding make it look the part. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, and if the images are anything to go by, those rims will be fitted with high profile (possibly 70-aspect) tyres.
Inside the new Skoda Octavia Scout features different interior trims unique to the rough-and-tumble model, while the regular Octavia's high level of interior presentation and refinement has been carried over.
In Europe, Skoda says there will be a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol powertrain for the new model, but we'd suggest it will likely be sold here with just one powertrain, a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. That variant was the primary seller for the previous-generation Scout, which has now been discontinued.
Skoda Australia says the new-generation Octavia Scout will arrive locally in 2015. It will compete with the likes of the Subaru Outback, which was updated late in 2013 but is expected to be replaced in 2015, and its sibling rival, the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack.