Skoda has revealed the brand new Scala, with which it plans to tackle the just lately overhauled Ford Focus within the aggressive household hatchback market - and considers it to be “the most effective likelihood” of redefining the phase for the model.
The Scala, which replaces the Fast in Skoda’s line-up, will solely be obtainable as a hatchback, and is the primary Skoda to be constructed on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform, which is already used on fashions such because the Seat Ibiza and VW T-Roc.
It marks the debut of what Skoda is looking a “extra emotional” design language, and takes styling cues from the Imaginative and prescient RS idea proven on the Paris motor present earlier this yr.
That features the non-obligatory all-glass rear window, which replaces a extra conventional tailgate and options the phrase ‘Skoda’ written out instead of a brand (the producer's first automobile to take action) in an effort to differentiate the model in markets the place it's much less well-known, similar to China.
The Scala additionally options an all-new inside, with new supplies all through together with microfibre cloth for the seats and comfortable foam surfaces for the dashboard trim. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system will be paired with an non-obligatory 10.25in digital cockpit show instead of conventional devices. The primary touchscreen sits on a ‘shelf’ for folks to brace their arms whereas working it.
The five-seat Scala is 4362mm lengthy, making it marginally longer than the outgoing Fast Spaceback, with bigger 2649mm wheelbase permits for elevated legroom. At 467 litres, Skoda additionally says the Scala has the most important boot within the phase. An non-obligatory electrical tailgate additionally options.
Different trademark Skoda touches, together with an umbrella compartment within the driver’s door and ice scraper within the gas filler cap that doubles as a tyre tread depth gauge, make a return.
Within the UK, 4 engines shall be supplied at launch: two 1.Zero-litre, three-cylinder petrols with 94bhp or 113bhp, a 1.5-litre, 148bhp four-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-litre, 114bhp diesel. All shall be powered by five- or six-speed manuals, or a seven-speed DSG computerized. There are at the moment no plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid powertrain previewed by the Imaginative and prescient RS idea.
An non-obligatory sport chassis will experience 15mm decrease than the usual automobile and embrace 4 user-adjustable drive modes for a extra responsive throttle and steering.
Three totally different trim ranges - S, SE and SE L - shall be supplied within the UK. All will embrace plenty of driver help methods as commonplace, together with autonomous emergency braking and lane preserve help. Adaptive cruise management, rear-view digicam and computerized park help can be found as choices.
Precise specs have but to be confirmed for the UK, however higher-end fashions will obtain choices similar to keyless entry, wi-fi smartphone charging and distant door unlocking through a cellular app.
Scala is a Latin phrase which means ‘ladder’, and represents Skoda’s ‘subsequent step ahead within the compact phase’ in response to firm boss Bernhard Maier.
The Scala will go on sale within the UK in mid-2019. Costs are more likely to begin from round £16,500.
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