Skoda Scala: this is it!

Skoda Scala India

Skoda Scala India

The updated design language brought by the Vision RS study is obvious in the Scala, which also adopts new colors and materials. The new dynamic look is impressive from almost all angles, but none more so than the front fascia. Depending on the model, the Scala rides on wheels measuring between 15 and 18 inches in diameter. The side gets creases including a shoulder line that runs from the front till the tail lights. Skoda will also launch a compact SUV on this platform in 2019. Design highlights include optional all-glass rear window instead of a traditional tailgate, and Skoda name at the rear instead of the logo. A retractable tow bar, which can be electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot, will be available an optional extra.

On the tech front, the new Skoda Scala offers LED headlights and taillights as standard, the Virtual Cockpit setup wrapped around a 10.25-inch display and infotainment systems with screen sizes ranging from 6.5 inches to 9.2 inches.

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.

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.

The Scala is created to take on the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Kia ceed in the tight C-segment.

Skoda Scala

Globally, the Skoda Scala hatchback will be made available with multiple engine options - two 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol units generating 99hp/ 115hp and 150hp, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 115hp, 1.6-litre diesel.

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 1.5 L TSI puts out 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

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

In terms of safety, the Scala is said to be one of the safest vehicles in the segment. The auto in the pictures is the hatch version built on the worldwide spec MQB-A0 platform, however the Indian version will be a sedan, built on the localized MQB-A0 IN platform.

The Skoda Scala will be available in three trim levels - S, SE and SE L. All these variants will come with a number of driver assist functions and a host of other features, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera and automatic park assist.