2017 Skoda Octavia Scout is out and about image

Hot on the heels of the performance Octavia RS reveal, the more adventurous take on the compact series is also coming out to play – having been updated to the new standards by the Czech automaker.

It seems the Mlada Boleslav designers actually started working on the facelift with the Scout version – because this is the best-suited model for the split headlight styling. But they held out on the model to be the last to show its revisions, which fall in line with the regular and RS models – split headlight arrangement with full-LED technology instead of bi-xenon. There are subtle enhancements for the fog lights and taillights as well – and that’s about all there is to say about the exterior styling modifications. The changes also include the switch from an exclusive six-speed manual gearbox – 2.0 TDI engine with 150 horsepower layout to an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission setup. Meanwhile, the 1.8 TSI with 180 hp (132 kW) and the 2.0 TDI packing 184 hp (135 kW) will soldier on unchanged.

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The Scout is riding 30 mm higher than the Octavia Combi and also gets rugged protection elements as well as silver front and rear underbody protection. The more adventurous Scout also has a standard rough-road package, electronic differential locks at both front and rear axles, as well as an off-road function for those willing to test its abilities to the limit. There are no pictures with the cabin but we imagine the same changes will be applied – headed by the use of new infotainment systems with capacitive-touch screens and new sizes – from 6.5 to 8 inches for Bolero and Amundsen, and from 8 to 9.2 inches for Columbus.