Skoda Scala Hatchback Revealed, India Launch Unclear

Daniel Fowler
December 9, 2018

The Scala is the first Skoda model to get dynamic rear turn indicators (optional), and it works by flashing outwards in a sweeping motion. Heavily influenced by the VISION RS study unveiled at the recent Paris Motor Show there are straight design lines that show they mean it when they say it's a forerunner of fairly radical new looks for the Czech maker. Depending on the model, the Scala rides on wheels measuring between 15 and 18 inches in diameter.

Skoda's now-trademark hexagon grille appears on the all-new Scala, with an extended gloss black panel appearing at the rear to give an impression of a longer rear window.

Dimensions-wise, the Scala boasts an overall length of 4,362 mm, width of 1,793 mm, height of 1,471 mm and a healthy 2,649 mm wheelbase.

Design Skoda Scala 2019New Skoda Scala are available only with the hatchback (liftback has decided not to offer) and built on a modular platform MQB-A0, and Volkswagen Polo. Side Assist comes as an optional feature. The boot can be optioned with an electric tailgate opening and closing function.

On the tech front, the new Skoda Scala offers LED headlights and taillights as standard, the Virtual Cockpit setup wrapped around a 10.25-inch display and infotainment systems with screen sizes ranging from 6.5 inches to 9.2 inches. Skoda also claims that the Scala's 467-litre boot is the biggest in its segment.

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Four engines are expected to be offered in the United Kingdom - a 94bhp and 113bhp variant of the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine, a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol and a sole diesel option of a 113bhp 1.6-litre. There are three gasoline units: an entry-level 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder producing 95 PS (94 hp), a mid-range 1.0-liter TSI with 115 PS (113 hp) and a top-of-the-line 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder that makes 150 PS (148 hp). The diesel engine will be a 1.6 TDI with 115 PS and 250 Nm.

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. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The vehicle sits above the Fabia, is based on the MQB A0 platform, and brings a lot of new features to the segment. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design.

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).

The list of available options Skoda Scala included a fully led optics, suspension with adjustable dampers with two degrees of stiffness, adaptive cruise control, operating at speeds up to 210 km/h and other active safety systems.

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