Discover the new Skoda Scala
Skoda’s brand-new compact model debuted not only to 400 guests live in Tel Aviv, but to over a hundred thousand live viewers across the world through live stream this month. Replacing the Rapid, let’s take a closer look at what’s been shown off about the Skoda Scala already and what we still have to look forward to.
The extremely compact Scala bears many of the hallmarks of the Czech’s manufacturer’s design sensibilities, with large chrome-lined grilles similar to the Fabia, while the side contours are more reminiscent of the Superb. New to the Scala, however, is the hatchback rear end, offering not just a bigger boot but a more robust design than the rapid, empowered by pure-white LED backlights that make it a most admirable figure on the road.
Much of the high-tech Skoda Vision RS concept car has been carried over to the Scala, including a seamless instrument panel that blends perfectly with the surrounding bonnet. Both the panel and the door trim use a new soft-foam material for more comfortable surfaces, while optional microfiber upholstery for the seats makes the car feel all the neater and more modern. Thanks to a wheelbase of 2,649mm, there’s plenty of room to enjoy in both the driver’s seat and the backseats, too with just as much knee room in the back as the Octavia, impressive for the car’s compact dimensions.
With a larger display size than anything we’ve seen in the compact class, the Scala offers an optional 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, fully customisable with five views providing total visual control for the driver. 9.2-inch infotainment systems come as standard, positioned ergonomically on the instrument panel, with smartphone compatibility, frequent map updates, and features like Emergency Call and Proactive Service powered by on-board eSIM internet connectivity.
There is a range of advanced driver assist and safety features that come with the Skoda Scala, too. This includes blind spot detect and side assist to help when navigating traffic and being overtaken, rear traffic alert, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control. Park assist is another new and improved feature, making it all the easier to find your place, including with parallel parking and bay parking spaces.
The Skoda Scala is expected to launch and arrive on UK roads in mid-2019. The 90hp 1.0-litre petrol will cost £16,500, while the 115hp 1.6-litre diesel will cost £17,500 and the all-inclusive 150 1.5hp petrol with all the extras will cost over £20k. All engines come with direct injection, a turbocharger, Stop/Start technology, and brake energy recovery, with an eco-friendly gas-powered model expected to launch later. All models can be fit with a Sport Chassis Control, allowing two different options to offer a more competitive driving experience.
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