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New Skoda Superb Scout 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Subaru Outback rival gets off-road treatment

The Superb Scout wagon features all-wheel drive and a 200kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine.

Skoda Australia will release a special-edition Superb wagon variant in the second quarter of this year, dubbed the Scout, as it prepares to launch a mid-life revised model later this year.

When the Scout launches, it will be the most expensive variant in the Superb line-up at $59,490 plus on-road costs.

Skoda Australia has secured “several hundred” Scout units to sell until the updated Superb range is released later in the year.

The Scout is based on the current range-topping Superb 206TSI 4x4 Sportline ($58,490), using the same 200kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which sends power to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Skoda Superb Scout is 15mm taller than the standard Superb to aid its off-road capability. The Skoda Superb Scout is 15mm taller than the standard Superb to aid its off-road capability.

To improve all-terrain capability, the Scout features an off-road driving mode, underbody protection as well 15mm greater ground clearance compared to the standard Superb wagon.

The Superb Scout will be the first Skoda vehicle in Australia to utilise a petrol particulate filter, which is an emissions reducing device used in the exhaust system.

Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer reiterated that Superb owners should access high quality petrol whenever possible to get the most out of the particulate filter.

“This particulate filter can withstand petrol with 50 parts per million of sulfur, but it must be understood that these cars can run only on premium unleaded,” said Mr Irmer.

“While that’s also true of all our non-filtered petrol cars, which will not run to their full capability on basic unleaded petrol, ‘underfuelling’ accidentally or to save money at the pump will rapidly require the costly replacement of the filter.”

The Superb Scout will be the first Skoda vehicle in Australia to utilise a petrol particulate filter. The Superb Scout will be the first Skoda vehicle in Australia to utilise a petrol particulate filter.

Also distinguishing the Scout is the optional Tangerine metallic paint scheme.

Other options include metallic and pearl effect paint ($770), Velvet Red paint ($1100) and a panoramic sunroof ($1900).

The Czech wagon also boasts full LED lighting, 18-inch wheels, adaptive chassis control, privacy glass and an automatic tailgate.

A factory fitted towbar will also be available, however, Skoda Australia has yet to confirm pricing.

Inside, the Scout features a 9.2-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Canton premium audio, a digital dash, alcantara/leather seats, three-zone air conditioning, heated front and rear seats, wireless charging and stainless steel pedals.

Key safety features include automatic park assist, tyre pressure monitoring, hill start assist and descent control, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, nine airbags and adaptive cruise control.

The current Superb range starts with the 162TSI sedan ($40,690), followed by the diesel-powered 140TDI ($44,690), the 206TSI 4x4 ($51,790) and the 206TSI 4x4 Sportline ($56,790).

Opting for the wagon body style commands a $1700 premium for all four full-time variants.