Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer said this week that while he could not confirm availability of the Octavia Scout, the badge has played here before.
“Although 2020 may prove to be the year Skoda sells more SUVs than cars for the first time, the Octavia is synonymous with Skoda,” Mr Irmer said.
“It was the model with which we launched in Australia during 2007 and it remains a brand pillar.”
The new Octavia Scout is based on the fourth-generation Octavia, but gets a host of equipment to improve its practicality.
A standard Rough-Road package fits underbody protection and increases ride height by 15mm, with additional protective trim fitted to wheel arches, side sills and the bottom of doors.
A revised 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine debuts in the Octavia Scout, producing 147kW and 400Nm – the most powerful diesel power plant used in the model to date. In its new form, Skoda claims a 2000kg braked towing capacity for the Scout.
The new diesel engine and a 140kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder unit come equipped with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard.
A 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder option also features mild-hybrid technology and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Customers also have a choice of an 85kW 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder and a 110kW 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, both fitted with a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive – the first time the layout has been offered on the Octavia Scout.
The new Skoda Octavia Scout grows 16mm longer and 15mm wider than its predecessor, taking it to a 4703mm length and 1839mm width. The result is a 640-litre boot capacity – up 30L on the previous generation.
The Skoda Octavia Scout rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, with a 19-inch option available. A new matrix LED headlight will debut for the Octavia on the Scout.