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New Skoda Octavia RS 2021 sketched: Sedan and wagon to keep 180kW engine in Australia?

Like the look of these sketches? Good news: we’ll see the new Octavia RS in the metal soon enough.

Skoda has released teaser sketches of its next-generation Octavia RS, but while the hot sedan and wagon will be available with a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain overseas, Australian buyers are expected to be offered a carryover petrol engine.

The fourth-generation Octavia was revealed in non-performance form last November, while its RS flagship will make its debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

And judging by these sketches, it will add some aggressive to the mid-sizer’s otherwise conservative exterior design, with a sinister black grille insert, a sporty front bumper with large air intakes, big alloy wheels, a rear diffuser and spoilers hinted at.

But, of course, the big news is the PHEV, dubbed RS iV, with Skoda confirming it will produce 180kW of power. It’s worth noting the mechanically related eighth-generation VW Golf will also be available with a potent PHEV, dubbed GTE, details of which leaked last month.

That said, the RS iV’s powertrain is expected to be a punchier version of the set-up in the regular Octavia (and Golf), which mates a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery.

Prefer your Octavia RS in grey? Well, have at it. Prefer your Octavia RS in grey? Well, have at it.

However, CarsGuide understands the RS iV won’t head Down Under, with the 180kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine from the current RS to carry over.

A Skoda Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the new RS could launch alongside the mainstream Octavia line-up in early 2021, and if it doesn’t, it won’t be too behind. Either way, it will arrive in wagon guise initially, with the sedan to be “a couple of months” behind.

The new Octavia RS rear end is a lesson is subtle aggression. The new Octavia RS rear end is a lesson is subtle aggression.