Skoda unveils the Scala hatchback

Mae Love
December 9, 2018

It will be launched onto the market in the first half of 2019. The Scala incorporates a new design language first shown on the Vision RS, and the sporty look will gradually be shared with upcoming models.

Visually, the new Scala can sit on 15- or 16-inch steel wheels, but high-spec models get aero-optimised 16- to 18-inch wheels.

The Scala is the first vehicle in the VW Group to get the latest version of the technology, which offers over-the-air updates, live traffic-based navigation and accident-activated emergency calling. The hatchback rides on a 2,649mm wheelbase, which translates into more cabin space. The new Skoda Scala will compete with the VW Golf and the Ford Focus upon launch. Being a Skoda, it comes with nifty features like the ice scraper, brolly holder, optional electric tailgate, and even bag hooks in the boot that prevents bags from falling. The model is nearly 2 meters wide (1,988mm with mirrors), has a 2,649mm wheelbase and measures 4,362mm from bumper to bumper. The hatchback offers impressive 467-litres of boot space.

A much awaited feature of the Skoda Scala is the optional Virtual Cockpit which has a 10.25-inch display. Updates to the car's infotainment system and satellite navigation can be delivered over the air (OTA) via the built-in SIM card, which connects to the Internet. The 1.0-litre petrol engine will come with two states-of-tune producing 99bhp and 115bhp; the 1.5-litre petrol produces 150bhp and the lone 1.6-litre diesel unit churns out 115bhp.

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Four engines are expected to be offered in the United Kingdom - a 94bhp and 113bhp variant of the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine, a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol and a sole diesel option of a 113bhp 1.6-litre. The base setup is a 95 HP 1.0 TSI with a 5-speed manual, followed by the 115 HP version of the same engine and the 150 HP 1.5 TSI, both available with a 7-speed DSG. It features four drive modes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. "It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design", he said.

Three different trim levels - S, SE and SE L - will be on offer in some markets, all of which will get a number of driver assist systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

Skoda has also laid emphasis on making the Scala one of the safest option in its segment by fitting the auto with safety tech like lane assist, side assist, autonomous emergency braking, crew protect assist, adaptive cruise control and up to nine airbags. Currently, the Czech brand has taken the lead of the India operations from Volkswagen and is looking at heavy localisation of the MQB A0 platform.

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