Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Skoda has introduced a new hatchback of a Golf class Scala

Skoda has introduced a new hatchback of a Golf class Scala

Czech automaker, Skoda has officially revealed the new-generation Scala hatchback. While the Scala represents numerous firsts for the Czech brand, the most crucial debut on the hatch is that of Volkswagen's MQB A0 platform, which now underpins worldwide VW models like the Polo and the new T-Cross.

The new auto - SCALA means "ladder" or "stairs" in Latin they tell me - is due in Ireland next June so it will make it for the 192-reg plate season. Scala is a Latin word that means "ladder", and represents Skoda's "next step forward in the compact segment" according to company boss Bernhard Maier. "We're convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A segment for Skoda".

Talking about the vehicle unveiled, it is 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, 1471mm tall, and has a 2649mm wheelbase, making the Scala larger in every way than the Rapid it replaces. The diesel engine will be a 1.6 TDI with 115 PS and 250 Nm.

Inside, the Scala gets a 10.25-inch fully digital Virtual Cockpit with five different configurations, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment display (available in 6.5-inch, 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch units; top-end unit gets Skoda Connect mobile services), as well as red or white ambient lighting. It also offers claimed class-leading boot space with a figure of 467 litres rising to 1,410 - compared to 380 and 1,270 for the Golf. The manufacturer says it's the next major development stage for Skoda's design language, taking inspiration from its vision RS concept.

Having said that, the Scala is available with three TSI petrol engines, one 1.6 litre four-cylinder TDI engine, and a 1.0 litre three-cylinder G-TEC mill that's specifically created to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG). 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 petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95PS or 115PS. Depending on the variant, the Scala will get wheels measuring between 15 - 18 inches in diameter. Skoda Scala is positioned on the MQB A0 platform.

It will also be available with a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel offering 85kW/250Nm and a 1.0-litre 66kW/145Nm CNG natural gas powertrain.

The Scala also comes with many assistance systems which were previously available only for the higher-priced segments. It features four drive modes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.

The list of options is surprisingly rich: separate climate control, adaptive cruise control, electric tailgate with hands free function, Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, the Park assist system, control system layout and pre-emptive braking.

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