All New Skoda Scala Premium Family Hatchback Unveiled

Darnell Taylor
December 9, 2018

2019 Skoda Scala is claimed to be the largest vehicle in its league.

The preview images suggest the Scala will be more upmarket than the budget-focused Rapid, with more soft-touch materials in the cabin and the choice of decorative trims for the dashboard and centre console.

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.

Skoda says the new Scala engine range comprises three 1-liter and 1.5-liter TSI petrol engines as well as a 1.6-liter TDI diesel unit. There's an optional all-digital instrument cluster measuring 10.25 inches and a 9.2-inch touchscreen for the next-gen infotainment with support for over-the-air updates and always online functionality. Some of the styling cues that are shared with the concept include the optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate and features the word "Skoda" written out in place of a logo (the manufacturer's first auto to do so).

Significantly the SCALA is the first Skoda to be based on the Volkswagen Group's A0 MQB platform on which the likes of the Polo has been based. The model is nearly 2 meters wide (1,988mm with mirrors), has a 2,649mm wheelbase and measures 4,362mm from bumper to bumper. It measures 4,362mm in length with a 2,649mm wheelbase and offers a boot space of 467-litre.

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Base models will be powered by a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 94 bhp linked to a five-speed manual gearbox, followed by a 113-bhp version of the same petrol mill connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed DSG. Three trim levels will be available in the United Kingdom market with features like a panoramic sunroof, 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. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc. The entry-level petrol engine will be a 1.0 L TSI engine with two different outputs - 95 PS & 175 Nm and 115 PS & 200 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Available as an option, the dynamic chassis control lowers the suspension by 15mm and offers standard or sport driving modes, along with eco and individual settings. Other safety systems that can be had are driver alert fatigue detection system, adaptive cruise control (up to 210 km/h), park assist with optional rear-view camera and manoeuvre assist.

A notable design trait is the the large rear windscreen with wide Skoda lettring, a look which should make its way into more of the brand's cars.

There's also multi-collision brake, side assist, blind spot detect, rear traffic alert, lane assist and front assist with city emergency brake (standard, detects pedestrians as well).

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