Skoda reveals Scala and powertrain development plans

This is the new Skoda Scala

Skoda goes upscale with Scala compact hatchback

Skoda Scala 2019 looks much brighter and more interesting predecessor. The design is heavily influenced by the Vision RS Concept shown off earlier in the year, although Skoda has said that a performance-oriented vRS version of the Scala is unlikely to come. Skoda is offering a wide range of wheels ranging from 15-inch and 16-inch steel wheels, and 16 to 18-inch alloy wheels.

Set for launch in early 2019, the Skoda Scala is also the company's first production auto in Europe to spell out the Skoda name in letters on its fifth door instead of using the logo. There will be more storage too, with the Scala's square roofline and 467 litre boot being a significant upgrade on the 375 litres found in the back of the Focus. The Scala is the first Skoda to be built on the VW Group's MQB A0 platform, which the Czech brand is now in charge of developing. Interestingly, Skoda claims that the Scala has similar rear interior space to the Octavia. Fold its rear seats down and the Scala does a passable impression of a van, with more than 1400 litres on offer. Some of the styling elements shared with the concept include an optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate. 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 Skoda Scala hatchback will be available in 3 petrol and 1 diesel engine options - two 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrols that offers 99bhp and 115bhp, a 150bhp, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol and a 115bhp, 1.6-litre dieesel. Currently, the first product from the new platform to enter the Indian market will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV. However, the G-TEC engine, which makes 90 PS and 145 Nm of torque, will only be available sometime next year. 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. All will mated to 5- or 6-speed manuals, or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Buyers can also opt for an optional sport chassis, which will reduce the ride height by 15mm. 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.

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In certain markets, the Skoda Scala hatchback will be offered with several driver assist systems as standard including lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking.

The compact vehicle, a replacement for the Rapid, is the first Skoda based on Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform.

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