Skoda Scala Hatchback Revealed, India Launch Unclear

Jeannie Matthews
December 9, 2018

With new Scala, Skoda debuts its new design language - called "more emotional" design philosophy. Wheel sizes will range from comfort-orientated 15-inch steels and grow to the sporty, low profile 18-inch alloys.

"We are starting a new chapter in Skoda's compact auto range with the new Scala".

"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". The rear also comes with LED tail lamps and To make the hatchback upmarket, Skoda name is written in the hatchback door instead of the logo. The full panoramic glass roof with electrically retractable sunblind is optional.

The Scala measures 4,362 mm long, 1,793 mm wide and 1,471 mm tall and has a 2,649 mm wheelbase. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system can be paired with an optional 10.25-inch virtual cockpit display in place of traditional dials. Although that figure increases to 1,410 with the rear seats folded down.

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Four engines are on offer, with the Volkswagen Group's familiar 1.0-litre petrol engine kicking off proceedings in both 94bhp and 113bhp forms. 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. Currently, the first product from the new platform to enter the Indian market will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV. There will be three petrol options starting with a 95PS 1.0 TSI, a 115PS version of the same motor and going up to a 1.5 TSI with 150PS. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available on the diesel and more powerful petrol variants.

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. The MQB A0 platform also allows Skoda to offer a wide range of active and passive safety systems, and this includes up to nine airbags and crew protect assist (optional), which quickly and automatically closes any open windows and pre-tensions the front seat belts in the event of an impending collision. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design.

The Scala comes with lots of features like wireless charging, remote door unlocking with Skoda app, keyless, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, automatic park assist, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and more.

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