Skoda has announced the introduction of a four-wheel drive option for hatchback and estate versions of its Superb, Octavia Estate and Octavia Scout powered by the firm’s 2.0 TDI 140bhp diesel with automatic DSG transmission.
The introduction of an automatic twin-clutch DSG gearbox to the existing 2.0 TDI 140bhp engine adds to Skoda’s broad range of four-wheel drive cars, which now includes Octavia Estate, Octavia Scout, Yeti, Superb hatch, and Superb Estate.
Available to order now and with prices starting at £21,705, vehicles equipped with Skoda’s all-wheel drive system boast an electronically controlled fourth-generation Haldex clutch that under normal conditions directs 96% of the engine’s power to the front axle.
However, in adverse weather conditions the system reacts in a split second to redirect power to those wheels with better traction, greatly increasing driving safety.
The 4×4′s capabilities aren’t limited to wintery conditions, though. In summer months the technology will ensure that towing caravans and trailers is easier and safer, and because drive to the rear wheels is disengaged when not required, there’s little adverse effect on fuel consumption.