Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
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Skoda unveils all-new Scala hatchback

Skoda unveils all-new Scala hatchback

It will be launched on the market in the first half of 2019. The updated design language brought by the Vision RS study is obvious in the Scala, which also adopts new colors and materials. Depending on the variant, the Scala will get wheels measuring between 15 - 18 inches in diameter.

The Scala is the first auto in the VW Group to get the latest version of the technology, which offers over-the-air updates, live traffic-based navigation and accident-activated emergency calling. 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 global VW models like the Polo and the new T-Cross.

The Scala also gets the option of an electric tailgate and features Skoda's wealth of Simply Clever features, which includes an umbrella compartment (and umbrella) stored in the driver's door.

Measuring 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, 1471mm tall, and riding on a 2649mm wheelbase, the Scala is larger in every way than the Rapid it replaces. 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.

Top-end models have an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc.


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.

The diesel lineup includes a 1.6-liter engine, outstanding 115 HP and 250 Nm of torque. There are three gasoline units: an entry-level 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder producing 95 PS (94 hp), a mid-range 1.0-liter TSI with 115 PS (113 hp) and a top-of-the-line 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder that makes 150 PS (148 hp). Transmission options include 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes along with a 7-speed DSG box.

An optional sport chassis will see ride height reduce by 15mm compared to the standard vehicle and includes four user-adjustable drive modes for more responsive throttle and steering. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design. Currently, the Czech brand has taken the lead of the India operations from Volkswagen and is looking at heavy localisation of the MQB A0 platform.

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.

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