Skoda has finally unveiled the all-new Scala. In Skoda's global lineup, the Scala is the first Skoda to be based on Volkswagen Group's new MQB AO platform. The Scala is significantly larger in size than the Fabia and competes with larger hatchbacks like the Ford focus, VW Golf and the Honda Civic.
The Rapid has struggled to gain traction in Australia's super-competitive small-car market, averaging between 30 and 70 units per month, which has kept it at the back end of the segment.
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. An RS version is possible, considering the Scala was previewed by the Vision RS concept in Paris. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc.
As with nearly every other Skoda, practicality is high on the Scala's agenda, with the automaker keen to point out it has the longest interior in its class, and a class-leading 467 litre boot, which grows to 1410L when the rear seats are folded down. It gets an optional 10.25-inch driver display (virtual cockpit) and a 9.2-inch infotainment screen.
The Scala also features an all-new cabin, with new materials throughout including microfibre fabric for the seats and soft foam surfaces for the dashboard trim.
The vehicle comes with 5 engine variants, where the petrol-powered options vary from two 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder TSI engines and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TSI engine which can generate power outputs of 93.8 HP, 113.9 and 147.5 HP and torque figures between 175-250 Nm. A 1.0 G-Tec CNG engine rated at 89 BHP will be offered at a later date.
The other engine options come with 6-speed manual transmission as standard and optional 7-speed DSG.
Step up to the 1.5 TSI and you'll be rewarded with 148 bhp in the same six-speed manual / seven-speed dual clutch, much like the 1.6-litre diesel rated at 113 bhp. "We are seeking clarity". Being a Skoda, it comes with nifty features like the ice scraper, brolly holder, optional electric tailgate, and even bag hooks in the boot that prevents bags from falling.
Safety features include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, park assist and front assist including autonomous emergency braking. It will be the company's first production model in Europe to bear "ŠKODA" lettering on the tailgate instead of the famous logo.
Speaking at the launch, Skoda's chairman of the board of management Bernhard Maier confirmed its future product aims, starting with the new Scala.