Skoda to add Octavia performance plug-in hybrid

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Skoda will include a plug-in hybrid model in its Octavia RS performance range for the first time.  

The Octavia RS iV will be the second plug-in hybrid in the new Octavia range when it goes on sale later this year. Its drivetrain mates a 1.4-liter gasoline engine with more powerful 114-hp electric motor to give a combined 242 hp.  

The Octavia RS iV joins high-performance 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel models in the RS range.  

The model will have the same 60 km (37 mile) battery-only range as the standard Octavia iV and share a 13-kilowatt-hour battery, Skoda said.  

Both cars will have CO2 emissions of about 30 grams per km on the WLTP test cycle, Skoda said.  

The new, fourth-generation Octavia was unveiled to the press in November last year and was due to make its public debut at the Geneva auto show.  

The RS range (vRS in the UK) accounts for around a fifth of Octavia sales in Skoda’s key markets of Germany and UK.  

Skoda signaled it was ready to use parent Volkswagen Group’s hybrid drivetrain technology in its performance models when it launched the Vision RS plug-in hybrid concept in 2018.

Skoda recently expanded the RS badge to the Kodiaq SUV. Skoda is the first VW Group brand to use the plug-in hybrid drivetrain on its flagship performance model. So far, the VW brand has used the GTE badge for its Golf plug-in hybrid while keeping the GTI and R badges for purely gasoline drivetrains.  

The Octavia RS IV will be available in hatchback or wagon forms. It has a 0-100 kph (62mph) acceleration time of 7.3 seconds in Sport mode.  

The car is available with a DSG twin-clutch gearbox only. No prices have been announced. 

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