Skoda introduces the all-new Scala hatchback

Skoda introduces the all-new Scala hatchback

Skoda Scala 2019 looks much brighter and more interesting predecessor.

On the outside, the new hatchback borrows many of its features from the Vision RS Concept that debuted in Paris this fall.

With a new character, new technology and a new name, the ŠKODA SCALA completely redefines the compact vehicle segment for the Czech brand. The hatchback rides on a 2,649mm wheelbase, which translates into more cabin space.

Underpinned by the A0 version of VW's MQB Platform - which underpins the VW Polo - the Scala is actually a few inches longer than the VW Golf, a auto it's clearly taking a shot at (and the Ford Focus and more too). Being a Skoda, it comes with nifty features like the ice scraper, brolly holder, optional electric tailgate, and even bag hooks in the boot that prevents bags from falling.

At 4362 mm long, 1793 mm wide, and 1471 mm high, the new Scala is longer, wider, and taller than the Rapid Spaceback. The optional extended glass tailgate is reminiscent of the Volvo C30 - no bad thing - and carries the Skoda name script in full - a move other Skoda are set to follow. It has a 467-litre boot space which increases to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded.

Higher-specced models are equipped with 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.

Skoda Scala

Four engines are on offer, with the Volkswagen Group's familiar 1.0-litre petrol engine kicking off proceedings in both 94bhp and 113bhp forms.

The 1.5-litre petrol is notable for its cylinder deactivation technology, which can shut down two of the engine's four cylinders when you're cruising to save fuel. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc. Base engine - a 95-horsepower three-cylinder gasoline engine working volume of one liter is paired with five-speed manual transmission. However, the G-TEC engine, which makes 90 PS and 145 Nm of torque, will only be available sometime next year. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.

The optional Sport Chassis Control package has 15mm lower suspension, firmer shocks, and two driving modes (Normal and Sport).

Safety wise it features up to nine airbags, LED head and tail-lights as standard, Multi-Collision Brake and Crew Protect Assist that automatically closes all windows and pre-tensions the front seatbelts in the event of an impending crash.

In certain markets, the Skoda Scala hatchback will be offered with several driver assist systems as standard including lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking.

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