2020 Skoda Octavia RS iV Confirmed For Geneva With Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain

Skoda has officially confirmed that the world premiere of the new generation Octavia RS (vRS in the UK) will be take place at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, which runs between March 3 and 15.

Dubbed the Octavia iV RS, it’s the first ‘RS’ performance model to feature an electrified powertrain, which is shared with its platform architecture siblings, the upcoming VW Golf GTE and next generation Cupra Leon.

Comparison: New 2020 Skoda Octavia Meets Its Predecessor

The Czech sports model will combine a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine with an electric motor producing a combined output of 245 PS (242 hp / 180 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint should take around 7 seconds, while the 13 kWh battery pack will give it an electric range of up to 55 km (35 miles).

A prototype of the new Skoda Octavia RS Combi

Much like its Mk8 Golf cousin, the next Octavia RS will also offer conventional powertrains. These include a petrol model with VW’s EA888 2.0-liter turbo four and a similar output to the PHEV, but around 250 kg (550 lbs) lighter. A diesel version will be offered too, tipped to retain the 2.0-liter TDI with a few modifications meant to make it more frugal and perhaps around 15 PS (15 hp / 11 kW) more powerful, lifting output to about 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW).

Skoda has reportedly chosen not to use the 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel from the Kodiaq RS, which makes 240 PS (237 hp / 177 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft), in the top-spec Octavia.

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