New 2019 Skoda Superb Scout revealed with extra off-road ability

Facelifted Superb is available as a rugged Scout model for the first time

Skoda has launched a Scout version of the Superb estate. It’s one of three models the company has revealed at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. No prices have been released yet but the Superb Scout will sit at the top of the range and will only be available as an estate. You’ll be able to buy it from the end of the year, along with the rest of the facelifted Superb range.

The Scout is a more rugged version of the Skoda Superb estate, with slightly higher ground clearance, 18-inch alloy wheels and plastic body cladding. In the same vein as the Skoda Octavia Scout, it features protection on the underside of the car and small interior changes. Four-wheel drive is fitted as standard, making it a credible rival to SUVs with off-road ability. You can also spec a Metallic Tangerine Orange paint colour, which is unique to the Superb Scout.

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Unlike the regular Superb, the Scout offers an extra ‘Off-Road’ driving setting, allowing you to tackle loose surfaces and muddy tracks with ease. Adaptive dampers are also available as an optional extra.

Highlighting its position at the top of the range, the Skoda Superb Scout is only available with the two most powerful engine choices. The diesel option is a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with 188bhp, while the petrol is the same size and offers 268bhp. Skoda hasn’t revealed performance figures yet, but these engines hit 62mph from a standstill in 8.1 and 5.6 seconds respectively in the 4x4 Sportline model.

A seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox is standard with both engines, and both can tow braked trailers weighing up to 2,200kg.

The Scout is set to be one of the most expensive Superb models and the interior does benefit from heated front seats, model-specific upholstery and a new wood-effect dashboard trim. You can also choose seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara suede fabric, a powered tailgate and a retractable tow bar. Also on the options list is a ‘Sleep Package’, which should keep you cosy with large, supportive headrests and even a blanket.

Skoda has also used the ice hockey championship to unveil the rest of the facelifted Superb range, as well as an electric version of the Citigo. The Citigo e iV will be the Czech company’s first electric car and will go on sale in 2020.

Read more about the Superb Estate in our review, and see why it’s the best estate car you can buy.

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