Skoda plans to electrify its model range. The first will be a hybrid Superb to arrive in 2019. The next to get a hybrid powertrain will be the Kodiaq crossover. The Skoda Octavia RS has been also included in the list of vehicles recommended to electrify by R&D department.
Such a car is expected to become more powerful than the current flagship Skoda Octavia RS 245 (pictured) with a turbo 2.0-liter 242-hp engine and 370 Nm of torque.
The hybrid RS will be also more potent than the future Skoda Superb hybrid. It will get the powertrain similar to that of the Skoda Vision RS Concept.
The prototype’s combined output is 242 hp provided by a 1.5-liter ICE (TSI) and an electric motor. The electric driving range is 70 km due to a 12 kW/h lithium-ion battery. Its full charging takes 2.5 hours from the household electrical network.
The concept hints not only on the successor of the Skoda Rapid, but also on the trend of the RS lineup development.
The debut of the hybrid Octavia RS should take place in 2020. Therefore, the expectation of the car arrival to market by 2021 doesn’t seem fantastic.