If the big new Skoda Kodiaq SUV looks a little too 'soft-roader' for your liking, the Czech marque has a new offering that might pique your interest: the Kodiaq Scout.

Wearing the same badge seen on smaller jacked-up Skoda models, the Kodiaq Scout adds underbody engine protection, along with wide skid plates at both ends for extra protection and a toughened, if sleekly chromed, look. The Scout is offered in all-wheel-drive form only.

Functionally, the new plates are the main feature of the added Scoutiness. A range of existing petrol and diesel engines will be offered, but there are no off-roading mechanical upgrades and no additional exterior or interior ruggedisation.

The new variant rides slightly higher with 194mm of ground clearance (up from 187mm for the regular model), and Skoda's previous press materials already promise a level of lightweight off-roading capability for the Kodiaq, with Off-Road Assist available as before.

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The Scout also gets its own unique 19-inch wheel design, along with tinted windows and a silver finish to the door mirrors, window frames and roof rails.

This new Scout might seem like only a minor enhancement, but, in the same way that sprouting a beard might make you look the outdoorsman, some might appreciate the new rugged flair.

The Kodiaq Scout will make its official debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

Australia

The regular Kodiaq range will make its way to Australia in August, but the new Scout model is still to be confirmed.

Speaking with CarAdvice, Skoda Australia communications manager Paul Pottinger said that while a local launch is not locked in, the Scout will be considered.