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Skoda to axe Scout versions of Karoq and Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq Scout

Skoda is set to axe the Scout versions of its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs due to limited customer demand.

The Czech car brand told Autocar that ‘Scout’ derivatives accounted for just 2% of sales.

Skoda’s Karoq was the its third-biggest seller in 2019, with sales up by 3.2% at 15,004, while the Kodiaq flagship saw its registrations rise by 12.5% to 9,018, according to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Scout derivatives feature a raised ride height, four-wheel drive and scuff plate to protect the body of the car during off-road use.

The brand decided not to import the Superb Scout derivative to the UK, when the model was introduced in 2019. It is not clear wether the Octavia Scout will be available in the UK when the new model lands in the coming months.

As part of other changes to its UK line-up Skoda will offer an exclusively petrol-powered engine line-up in its Kamiq crossover.

Autocar said that the manual gearbox options for the Kodiaq would also be removed from sale.

Earlier this year Skoda revealed that it had stopped accepting orders for the Citigo-e electric supermini just two months after the new model – the brand’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) went on sale.

The brand cited high demand for the move after it sold its entire UK allocation of 400 units by mid-March.

 



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