Skoda Octavia RS series to get a performance plug-in hybrid in its lineup for the first time in 2021
Updated: Jul 7, 2020
Written by Daniel Andzhurov - May 06, 2020
Skoda revealed its first plug-in hybrid from the RS lineup, and it is the Octavia RS iV which will go into production starting from 2021. The vehicle combines a 1.4-litre turbo-charged gasoline engine with an electric motor to make up the specifications shown below:
This does not make it the fastest Octavia ever, however, it enormously helps the company to meet the strict regulations for lower emissions. The engine power is delivered to the front-wheels through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The car stores the electric energy using the typical 13-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which promises a range of 37 miles (60 kilometers). Skoda claims the range as a result of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). Full charging from a household socket takes about 6 hours where that time falls down to 3.5 hours when plugged-in a charging station.
The hybrid comes in two body versions – a Liftback and a Wagon. They both have the RS-typical horizontal LED fog lights and the 18-inch wheels as standard options (19-inch is optional).
The new models offer more aggressive
front and rear bumpers as well as dual
exhausts which contribute further to
the sporty look. However, one of them is only there to give more symmetry to
the rear and is not connected to the exhaust system.
To watch the official Octavia RS iV video, click here.
Auto Trendy’s take
It is really exciting to see that the Rally Sport versions of Skoda are becoming more futuristic following the automotive trends. What this means for the company’s customers is that the RS versions will not just disappear one day due to changes in regulations, but they will rather still be here for a while. Isn’t it amazing to feel sporty and clean at the same time?