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For the first time, ŠKODA is offering a model from the RS family with a plug-in hybrid engine. The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV is equipped with a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an 85 kW electric motor, delivering a combined output of 180 kW (245 hp). Thanks to the black details of its bodywork, the OCTAVIA RS iV is immediately recognizable as a top-of-the-range sport variant of ŠKODA's bestseller, now in its fourth generation. The Czech automaker will also offer the new OCTAVIA in three other electrified versions. The OCTAVIA iV is a plug-in hybrid developing 150 kW (204 hp) available in Ambition and Style trim levels. Two eTEC variants producing 81 kW (110 hp) and 110 kW (150 hp) inaugurate lightweight hybridization technology at ŠKODA.

 

“By introducing the OCTAVIA RS iV, we are opening a new chapter in the success story of our RS portfolio. For the first time, we are using a plug-in hybrid powertrain in a high-end sports model. In the new OCTAVIA RS iV, this both increases performance and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, "says Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member responsible for Technical Development.

ŠKODA has equipped the OCTAVIA RS iV with a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine (110 kW / 150 hp) and an 85 kW electric motor. Together they develop a combined output of 180 kW (245 hp) and deliver maximum torque of 400 Nm, transmitted to the front wheels by a 6-speed DSG gearbox. The car's CO2 emissions are around 30g / km according to the WLTP cycle, which means it already complies with the new EU6d emission standard, which is more stringent and applicable to all newly registered vehicles in the EU, which will enter into force on January 1, 2021.

La batterie haute tension lithium-ion a une capacité de 37 Ah, soit 13 kWh, offrant ainsi à la voiture jusqu’à 60 km d’autonomie entièrement électrique selon le cycle WLTP. Les 330 Nm de couple fournis par le moteur électrique étant disponibles immédiatement, la RS iV peut s’élancer rapidement. En mode Sport, qui permet au conducteur d’exploiter toute la puissance de la voiture, l’OCTAVIA RS iV accélère de 0 à 100 km/h en seulement 7,3 secondes. Sa vitesse maximale est de 225 km/h. La direction progressive de série et le réglage dynamique de la suspension sport typique de la gamme RS satisferont les adeptes d’un style de conduite énergique.

 

Sporty black accents to stand out

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV is fitted as standard with specific LED fog lights, as well as 18-inch black alloy wheels hinting at the eye-catching red brake calipers typical of RS models. 19-inch alloy wheels are available as an option. The ŠKODA grille, Air Curtains deflectors, RS-specific front fascia diffuser, Aero Flaps aerodynamic elements, rear fascia diffuser and window frames are all in sporty black. The sedan unveils a black RS rear spoiler, while the station wagon version features a color-matched roof spoiler.

“We gave the already dynamic shape of the new OCTAVIA an even sportier appearance using familiar RS traits. With its many black aesthetic details, such as the ŠKODA radiator grille, front fascia, rear diffuser and alloy wheels, the car is immediately recognizable as a member of our RS family ”, explains Oliver Stefani, Head of Design at ŠKODA .

 

Dynamic interior, RS style

In the interior of the OCTAVIA RS iV, black clearly dominates. The leather-wrapped, three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel bears a vRS logo and is fitted with paddles for operating the DSG gearbox. The sport seats up front are upholstered in black cloth, while the optional Ergo seats feature Alcantara and leather upholstery and offer seat depth adjustment. The seats feature the RS logo and decorative stitching in red or silver gray, which also adorns the leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrests and Alcantara-covered dashboard. Decorative strips in the RS look and pedals in an aluminum finish complete the impression of sportiness.

 

OCTAVIA iV plug-in hybrid delivering 204 hp

In addition to the RS variant of the OCTAVIA iV, ŠKODA also offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Ambition and Style trim levels. Here, the 1.4 TSI petrol engine and the 85 kW electric motor deliver a power of 150 kW (204 hp) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. This plug-in hybrid variant can also provide an electric range of up to 60 km depending on the model. cycle WLTP and is fitted with a 6-speed DSG gearbox using shift-by-wire technology. Its CO2 emissions are around 30 g / km. The OCTAVIA iV also complies with the EU6d emission standard.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery, with a capacity of 37 Ah, or 13 kWh, used in both iV models, can be easily recharged at home using a standard household outlet or wallbox. The charging socket is concealed in the front bumper on the driver's side. A regular 12-volt battery is installed in the trunk, with a capacity of 450 l in the case of the sedan and 490 l in the station wagon. The fuel tank can hold 40 liters, which is five liters less than in OCTAVIAs powered only by a combustion engine.

 

Two eTEC engines with lightweight hybridization technology

Both eTEC versions of OCTAVIA make their debut at ŠKODA. When they roll off production lines this summer, they will be the brand's first production cars to feature mild hybridization technology. Combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission, the 81 kW (110 hp) three-cylinder 1.0 TSI and 110 kW (150 hp) four-cylinder 1.5 TSI use a 48-volt belt-driven starter, as well as a 48-volt lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 0.6 kWh, housed under the front passenger seat. Both models can be identified by a specific badge on the tailgate.

Lightweight hybridization technology recovers energy during braking and stores it in the 48-volt battery. This energy is used to support the combustion engine by providing it with additional electrical power of up to 50 Nm. In addition, depending on the situation, it allows the engine to come to a complete stop, leaving the vehicle freewheeling. As soon as engine power is needed again, the engine restarts in a fraction of a second. The stop / start function is optimized, gaining in speed and comfort thanks to the starter driven by belt. In addition, the engine generates less noise and vibration during cranking and the 48-volt battery is capable of charging the usual 12-volt battery using a DC-DC converter. In total, the mild hybridization technology used for the two ŠKODA eTEC engines saves up to 0.4 l of fuel per 100 km.