Skoda’s agenda for the upcoming years involves an assortment of electrified models, kicking off with the Superb facelift due next year with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Kodiaq large SUV is next line to get the PHEV treatment after being RS-ified. Development boss has strongly suggested that will embrace electrification Octavia RS.
In an interview this week with Autocar, Christian Strube described the fourth-generation Octavia as being a good candidate to go hybrid.
He specified “perhaps in an RS version – because it’s a good mix between sustainably and performance.”
An electrified powertrain would make the car heavier than the current model, but that could be partially offset. Evolution of the MQB platform makes more extensive use of lighter materials, so. The next-gen Octavia RS should be quicker in the sprint than RS 245 available today.
Details about the sort of hybrid setup the Octavia RS will employ are not available. Autocar believes it will use an uprated configuration of what the Superb PHEV will get in 2019.
The Vision RS combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 241 hp. No details about the amount of torque available. In the long run, Skoda is planning to launch fully electric RS-badged models. While, we hope, the Fabia RS could return one day.