Skoda goes upscale with Scala compact hatchback

The reveal signals a whole new design era for Skoda

Design inspiration of the Skoda Scala hatchback has been derived from the Vision RS concept that first broke cover at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

The Citigo-e city auto will be the first completely electric model by Skoda and is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019. This has been done in order to help distinguish the brand in markets where it is less well known, such as China.

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. Not only is there more room for passengers, but the boot's volume has also increased from 415 litres with the seats up to 467 litres.

Skoda Scala will be available with a fully digital instrument panel Virtual Cockpit with a diagonal of 10.25 inches.

The Scala is an indirect replacement for the Rapid. The full panoramic glass roof with electrically retractable sunblind is optional.

Safety features include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, park assist and front assist including autonomous emergency braking.

Official pricing and spec levels for the SCALA will be released in March
Official pricing and spec levels for the SCALA will be released in March

Other features, yet to be confirmed on the Skoda Scala: keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging and remote door unlocking via a smartphone app.

Available as an option, the dynamic chassis control lowers the suspension by 15mm and offers standard or sport driving modes, along with eco and individual settings.

The hatchback comes with a load of new features which are new for its segment and will be available in 5 variants.

. This includes microfibre fabric for the seats and soft foam surfaces on the dashboard.

Powering the vehicle will be three petrol engines, 1.0-litre, 3-cyinder with a 5-speed manual gearbox, a more powerful version of the same 3-cylinder engine and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder powerplant.

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. Transmission options include five- and six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch units. But Skoda has a larger responsibility towards the Indian market right now. 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.

The new model is based on Volkswagen Group's ubiquitous MQB platform and it has grown in all dimensions, including length (4362mm, +58mm) width (1793mm, +87mm), height (1471mm, +12mm) and wheelbase (2649mm, +47mm).

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