Following the unveiling of the Cupra Leon and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it’s now Czech Republic’s turn to freshen up the hot hatch scene with the new Octavia RS if you’re a fan of the VW Group. Much like its Spanish and German cousins, the hottest version of Skoda’s best-selling car will be available for the first time with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The electrified model will be the one revealed today, with the conventionally powered derivatives to arrive at a later date in 2020.

The Skoda Octavia RS iV was supposed to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but with the event cancelled, the manufacturer from Mladá Boleslav is hosting the world premiere exclusively through an online video. It will be a double reveal if we take into consideration the liftback will be shown alongside the more practical estate, which is actually the preferred body style in many countries across Europe.

Gallery: 2020 Skoda Octavia RS iV teasers

Much like the Golf GTE and Cupra Leon PHEV, the electrified sporty Octavia will combine a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 242 bhp and 400 Newton-metres (295 pound-feet) of torque. The new RS iV will be exclusively a six-speed DSG affair, so there won’t be a three-pedal model for purists in the plug-in hybrid model. The silver lining is there will be a clutch pedal in the 2.0 TSI RS model, while the 2.0 TDI RS will come only with a seven-speed DSG.

Gallery: 2021 Skoda Octavia RS final spy photos

The comprehensive teaser campaign created by Skoda has revealed just about everything in regards to the design, not to mention our final batch of spy shots of a prototype with very little camouflage. We also have an accurate idea of how the interior will be upgraded over the regular Octavia, so must of the puzzle pieces are already in place.

Nevertheless, we’re genuinely anxious to see the car in full, charging port included. The livestream will start at 7:50 AM GMT / 2:50 AM EST.

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Online world premiere of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV

Exclusive video will be posted online on Tuesday, 3 March 2020 at 08:50 local time
› Model presentation on the ŠKODA Storyboard and all of ŠKODA’s social media channels
› OCTAVIA RS iV the first model in ŠKODA’s sporty RS family to feature plug-in hybrid drive

Mladá Boleslav, 2 March 2020 – Following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA AUTO will be presenting the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS iV, the sporty top model of its newly launched bestseller, in an exclusive online video.

The presentation with ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier will be shown on Tuesday, 3 March at 08:50 am CET on the ŠKODA Storyboard platform and the car manufacturer’s social media channels: