Skoda Scala makes global debut - Sits between Rapid and Octavia

Skoda Scala makes global debut - Sits between Rapid and Octavia

Skoda Scala makes global debut - Sits between Rapid and Octavia

Skoda will also launch a compact SUV on this platform in 2019. The design is heavily influenced by the Vision RS Concept shown off earlier in the year, although Skoda has said that a performance-oriented vRS version of the Scala is unlikely to come.

Skoda is going upscale in Europe's compact auto segment with the Scala hatchback, which will go on sale in the first half of next year. It also comes with a wheelbase 2,649mm and has the largest boot space in the segment with 467-litres.

"At first glance the Scala looks as a more mature model than the Rapid, so it is likely to serve as a stronger competitor to the established models in its segment such as the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Opel Astra and others".

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The Scala also gets the option of an electric tailgate and features Skoda's wealth of Simply Clever features, which includes an umbrella compartment (and umbrella) stored in the driver's door.

At 4362 mm long, 1793 mm wide, and 1471 mm high, the new Scala is longer, wider, and taller than the Rapid Spaceback.

Skoda says the larger dimensions have helped increase interior space, while cargo space is also up from the Rapid's 384 litres or 1349L with the rear seats folded, to 467L/1410L in the Scala.

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Higher-specced models are equipped with an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system.

Engine line-up for the United Kingdom is yet to be confirmed but the global range includes three 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre TSI engines and a 1.6-litre TDI with power from 94 to 148bhp. The diesels will comprise of 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with nearly 90bhp on tap. The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95PS or 115PS. A CNG-powered variant is also made available which has a 1.0 G-TEC, 3-cylinder engine with a capacity of 88.5 HP power and torque of 145 Nm.

Five- and six-speed manuals and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered, depending on the powerplant. The Scala shares the same benefits, but keener drivers can opt for the new Sport Chassis Control, which lowers ride height by 15 mm. Most notable, the Scala comes with a comprehensive sport mode which lowers the vehicle by 15mm and stiffens up the springs for a more engaging drive.

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In terms of safety, the new Scala gets 9 airbags, lane assist and front assist, emergency braking function which are standard safety features while adaptive cruise control and park assist are options. 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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