All New Skoda Scala Hatchback Unveiled

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 9, 2018

The Citigo-e city auto will be the first completely electric model by Skoda and is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019.

Skoda says the Scala paves the way for a fresh design language we'll be seeing more of in the years to come.

With the Scala, Skoda seems to be betting big on redefining the A segment of vehicles as the new hatchback promises to set new benchmarks among its rivals; worldwide market launch in the first half of 2019. Some of the styling elements shared with the concept include an optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate. Side Assist comes as an optional feature. After all, it certainly needs to have more pizzazz in order to go up against the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and SEAT Leon, not to mention increasingly more successful models from South Korea such as the Kia Ceed and the Hyundai i30.

As reported, the all-new cabin gains a segment-leading 9.2-inch information display at the top of the centre stack, and the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is offered as an option. And there's a large boot (467 litres; 1,410 with the rear seats folded) - something you expect- or take for granted- from a Skoda these days. 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 Skoda Scala will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines including a 94-114 BHP 1.0-TSi, a 148 BHP 1.5-TSi and a 114 BHP / 250 Nm 1.6 TDi. Currently, the first product from the new platform to enter the Indian market will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV. The diesels will comprise of 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with nearly 90bhp on tap. 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.

Skoda Scala rear three quarter
Skoda goes upscale with Scala compact hatchback

A selection of five engine variants is available, with power outputs ranging from 90 PS to 150 PS. All other engines get a six-speed manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. The Sport chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard, and on selection of the Sport mode on the Sport Chassis Control further stiffens up the suspension.

VW-Skoda future cars for India will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform and Skoda has already announced that they will bring at least 2 new cars every year in India from 2020. Features such as automatic park assist, rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control are optional offerings.

In terms of safety, the Scala is said to be one of the safest vehicles in the segment.

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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