Skoda has revealed details of its new compact hatchback.
Sharing its fundamental basics with the new-generation Volkswagen Polo and a design inspired by the Vision RS concept that debuted at the 2018 Paris motor show, Skoda says the Scala opens a new chapter for the Czech-based Volkswagen-owned brand.
Due to arrive in Australian showrooms late in 2019, the Scala will effectively replace the invisible Rapid hatchback and slot in between the Fabia city vehicle and Octavia sedan and wagon.
SKODA now offers nine passenger-car series: the CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, SCALA, OCTAVIA, KAROQ, KODIAQ, as well as the KAMIQ (in China) and the SUPERB. Like its stablemates, it aims to major on space and value for money, while setting out the brand's future style and technological direction. Not only that, it is also 107mm longer than the Volkswagen Golf.
The five-seat hatchback is 4,362mm long, and has a 2,649mm wheelbase, along with a 467-litre boot, which Skoda claims is the largest in its segment. There are sharp edges and neat angles aplenty. Clear proof of this can be seen with the large central display, our new command centre for both the driver and the front passenger.
The screen hosts the always-connected internet-linked infotainment system.
With a new character, new technology and a new name, the ŠKODA SCALA completely redefines the compact auto segment for the Czech brand.
Skoda Scala 2019 looks much brighter and more interesting predecessor.
The Scala comes with lots of features like wireless charging, remote door unlocking with Skoda app, keyless, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, automatic park assist, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and more.
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 petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95PS or 115PS. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual (entry-level model only), six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG.
At this stage, the diesel and CNG units are all but ruled out for Australia and concerns around Australia's poor fuel quality have put a question mark next to the 1.0-litre offerings, leaving the 1.5L as the most likely powertrain for Australia. It features four drive modes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.
Prices and exact specifications are still to be confirmed but expect the Scala to go on sale around mid-2019 and to be keenly priced against its many rivals.