Skoda will offer AWD system on a variety of its models, because they finally understood that the customers has certain needs. The fourth-generation Haldex system is much similar to those used in Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and TT, unlike the Torsen systems found in longitudinally-engined cars like Audi's sedans.

The new system will be available as an option for Superb and Octavia along with a new 2.0 liter TDI with DSG transmission.

Haldex can channel up to 96% of the torque to the front wheels, when needed and to shut down the all-wheel drive system in normal conditions. It is extremely useful in limited-traction situations. In summer months the 4×4 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.

So, Haldex 4WD system will be available on Octavia Estate, Octavia Scout, Yeti, Superb hatch, and Superb Estate.

Available to order in the UK from November 2010, with prices starting at £21 705.

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