Skoda has announced first details for an all-new hatchback, with a new name. The Scala will replace the slow-selling Rapid Spaceback, but also provide fans of the brand with an upmarket Volkswagen Golf rival and stylish alternative to the bigger Skoda Octavia. The first disguised photos have been revealed by Skoda, in a departure from the norm.
SKODA SCALA TAKES ON FORD FOCUS
Derived from ‘stairs’ in Latin, the Scala name is said to represent the fact it has “climbed several steps on the development ladder”. The Scala is expected to debut a new look for Skoda when it’s revealed at the start of December, based on the styling of the Vision RS concept seen at the Paris Motor Show. A few design teasers include the fact ‘Skoda’ will appear in block lettering on the tailgate for the first time, replacing the usual Skoda roundel. Full-LED headlights and rear lights will be available, and the rear indicators will have scrolling dynamic indicators in another first for a Skoda model.
Measuring 4,362mm in length, 1,793mm wide and 1,471mm tall, the Scala is slightly larger than the current Golf in every dimension, while 308mm shorter than the Octavia. Interior space is even said to beat the larger model for head room, while matching it for knee space. Boot capacity will measure from 467 to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded, making it one of the most practical cars in its class. There’ll be a handful of Skoda’s new ‘Simply Clever’ features too; including an optional hidden electric tow bar, of the type you’d usually find in SUVs. Some of the most radical changes from the Rapid Spaceback are found inside, where technology is vastly improved by a touchscreen measuring a class-leading 9.2-inches, along with optional 10.25- inch Virtual Cockpit instruments. Access to the latest Skoda Connect smartphone app will also allow owners to lock and unlock the car remotely and update the Scala’s software and maps wirelessly without visiting a dealership. Driving assistance systems will take a similar leap forward, with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot warnings, rear cross traffic alerts and autonomous emergency braking all available. Meanwhile, self-parking technology is designed to “lend the driver a hand when parking”.
One diesel engine will be available at launch; a 1.6-litre TDI with 114bhp that complies with the latest Euro 6d-Temp emissions regulations thanks to an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and diesel particulate filter. Customers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic, but exact figures won’t be released until December. Both a standard and Sport Chassis can be chosen, with the latter lowering the ride height by 15mm and providing Normal and Sport modes that stiffen the dampers for a more engaging driving experience.