Sporty new Skoda Octavia vRS teased in design sketches

Sporty new Skoda Octavia vRS teased in design sketches

The plug-in hybrid performance model will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Skoda has revealed the first sketches of its forthcoming Octavia vRS – the new hot version of the firm’s best-selling model.

It will be Skoda’s first plug-in hybrid performance car, set to be called the Octavia vRS iV.

While performance details haven’t been announced, the powertrain will see a 1.4-litre petrol engine mated to an electric and motor and a battery pack to produce a combined 242bhp – making it the joint most powerful vRS model to date. No electric range details have been given but expect it to be able to travel around 30 miles on electric power alone. The same setup also features in the new Volkswagen Golf GTE and will also be making its way into the all-new Seat Leon.

While the Octavia vRS is set to be just unveiled next month with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, more conventional sporty petrol and diesel are likely to continue being offered.

Skoda has revealed sketches of both the hatchback and estate variants, with the models receiving large alloy wheels, sportier front bumpers and a host of gloss black styling accents.

The model, which is larger than before, also receives front and rear diffusers, spoilers and larger air intakes to emphasise the sporty credentials.

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The Octavia vRS will be unveiled on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show, where it will appear alongside the Skoda Kamiq Scoutline.

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