Skoda is reportedly planning to add a plug-in hybrid option to its red-hot Octavia RS line-up.
According to a report from Britain’s Autocar the Volkswagen owned Czech-brand will unveil the new generation Octavia hot hatch at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will be a three-pronged RS assault, with the out-going model’s turbocharged petrol and diesel options expected to continue.
Importantly, the PHEV model could be the most potent of the three, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor and paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It will reportedly be good for 185kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
The 2.0-litre turbo petrol Octavia RS will initially offer up 185kW/380Nm while the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel will continue with 135kW/380Nm, but meet the latest emissions standards.
However, the petrol RS is likely to be the quickest, as the PHEV will be required to carry approximately 200kg of batteries but that will be enough to allow almost 50km of driving without using the petrol engine.
Expect Skoda to continue offering the Octavia RS in both sedan and wagon bodystyles, both with suitable upgrades for a more aggressive, sporty look.
As reported by CarsGuide last week, the Skoda Octavia RS’s cousin, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is also expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.