The Škoda Scala will launch in the first half of 2019. The manufacturer says it's the next major development stage for Skoda's design language, taking inspiration from its vision RS concept. Depending on the variant, the Scala will get wheels measuring between 15 - 18 inches in diameter.
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; global market launch in the first half of 2019. It also comes with a wheelbase 2,649mm and has the largest boot space in the segment with 467-litres.
The Scala is created to take on the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Kia ceed in the tight C-segment.
The Scala - whose name, fact fans, comes from the Latin for "ladder" - marks a bit of a design revolution for Skoda, featuring a prominent, aggressive grille and the Skoda name spelt out across its boot lid. It also gets a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system with an optional 10.25-inch virtual cockpit display instead of traditional dials. Although that figure increases to 1,410 with the rear seats folded down. Updates to the car's infotainment system and satellite navigation can be delivered over the air (OTA) via the built-in SIM card, which connects to the Internet.
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Engine line-up for the United Kingdom is yet to be confirmed but the global range includes three 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre TSI engines and a 1.6-litre TDI with power from 94 to 148bhp. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc. The petrols start with two tunes of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, offering 94bhp matched to a five-speed transmission or 114bhp with a six-speed. The entry-level petrol engine will be a 1.0 L TSI engine with two different outputs - 95 PS & 175 Nm and 115 PS & 200 Nm. All will mated to 5- or 6-speed manuals, or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The new hatchback will get a single diesel powertrain option, in the form of a 113bhp, 1.6-litre motor. The option of a Sport Chassis Control is also made available, though it is optional. It features four drive modes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.
Among the standard offer of safety features we encounter the likes of adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane assist and front assist with city emergency brake. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design.
Skoda has also laid emphasis on making the Scala one of the safest option in its segment by fitting the vehicle with safety tech like lane assist, side assist, autonomous emergency braking, crew protect assist, adaptive cruise control and up to nine airbags.
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