Skoda has released preliminary details and photos of the Octavia Scout which will receive its public debut in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Czech automaker Skoda is expanding the Octavia lineup by introducing a rugged-looking Scout version based on the Combi. The model will be distinguished by its black lower bumpers with silver inserts, a wider front air intake and black protective side mouldings. More importantly, the Octavia Scout will have a +33mm increased ground clearance compared to the regular model which means its more suitable for light off-road adventures.

Aside from sitting higher, the Scout variant benefits from an all-wheel drive system with Haldex 5 coupling which will work together with two diesels and one gasoline engine probably taken from the standard Octavia. The vehicle will ride on bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels and has received restyled fog lights together with a unique leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

More details will be disclosed next month in Geneva, while sales are expected to commence in the second half of the year.

Gallery: Skoda Octavia Scout revealed with off-road looks, all-wheel drive and high ground clearance

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