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THE CARMAKER HAS JUST LAUNCHED SEVERAL NEW OCTAVIA VERSIONS WITH THE SPORTY RS iV VERSION TAKING THE LEAD
PARAMETERS OF THE OCTAVIA RS iV
KM/H MAXIMUM SPEED
NM MAXIMUM TORQUE
SECONDS ACCELERATION FROM 0 TO 100 KM/H
kWh BATTERY CAPACITY
KM BATTERY RANGE*
* This is a preliminary figure
or the first time ever, ŠKODA has an RS model as a plug-in hybrid version. It has a 1.4 TSI (110 kW) petrol engine, as well as an e-engine of 85 kW, and a total system output of 180 kW. The high-voltage lithium-ion battery allows for a range of up to 60 km in pure electric mode. Thanks to this, the CO2 emissions are only about 30 g/km (data are preliminary only and may change – ed.), and the car already meets the EU6d emission standard, which will be binding from 1 January 2021 for all newly registered vehicles in the EU. You will easily recognise the new sports version by its distinctive design elements. Attention will be drawn to the radiator grille, air curtains, diffusers, side spoilers and the side window mouldings in black. The colour is also prominent in the interior, where designers combine leather with the artificial Alcantara material. The sports seats, with red or silver-grey stitching and aluminium-look pedals, boost the ferocious look. “Thanks to the typical RS features, we have given the dynamic look of the new OCTAVIA a sportier touch”, designer Oliver Stefani says.
More quiet and more economical
The hybrid drive is now available not only for the RS sports model but also for the OCTAVIA iV in the Ambition and Style trim levels. Here, the combination of the 1.4 TSI petrol engine and the electric motor provides for a total system output of 150 kW. In these cars, the batteries are located under the luggage floor, and the volume of the petrol tank is only 5 litres less than in the conventional version. The charging connector is located under the cover beneath the front fender cover on the driver’s side, and the car can be easily recharged at home from a standard socket or via a wall box. The OCTAVIA has also become the first ŠKODA car for which customers may choose e-TEC engines with mild hybrid technology. This enables the energy during braking manoeuvres to be recovered and stored in the battery. Afterwards, it is used to support the internal combustion engine with a belt starter-generator, thanks to which torque can be increased by up to 50 Nm, and one can even “sail” with the engine completely switched off. Additionally, the car emits less noise and fewer vibrations during start-up and can save up to 0.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. This version will be produced around the middle of this year. RED
A video instead of a car show
The ŠKODA brand had initially intended to share the news at the Geneva Motor Show, but the Swiss government put a ban on major events as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, the OCTAVIA RS iV was introduced by Bernhard Maier, the CEO of ŠKODA AUTO, via a streaming video.
Up for adventure
The novelty relies on an adventurous look where the silver bodywork elements in the form of door mirror and sill covers, roof rack, front spoiler and rear diffuser create eye-catching elements. Full LED rear lights and tinted Sunset side and rear windows are also part of the package. Matt black fender trim covers protrude above the large 17- or 18-inch aluminium wheels. Customers will find interesting elements in the interior as well.
THE KAMIQ PRODUCT MODEL RANGE HAS BEEN
EXPANDED WITH A ROBUST COUTLINE VERSION.
As a standard package, the decorative trim lines resemble ash wood, but you can also opt for Dark Brushed. The height-adjustable front seats feature a special Scoutline lining made of breathable ThermoFlux fabric and Suedia microfibre. On adventure travels, customers will appreciate the backlight on the central panel, interior handles, on footwells and storage compartments with white, red or orange LED-ambient lighting, as well as reading lamps. The KAMIQ SCOUTLINE comes in the entire colour and engine offer – three petrol engines, one diesel and a G-TEC CNG.The market launch will take place this summer to complement the SUV model’s offer, which customers can also choose in the MONTE CARLO lifestyle version. This version boasts sporty design elements in black, a rich equipment level and a reference to ŠKODA’s successful racing history.