Škoda Scala takes fight to Golf and Focus

This is the new Skoda Scala

The position was previously filed by the Rapid, which never really caught on in the United Kingdom but the Scala is all-new and Skoda hopes a blend of new styling and then latest tech will see it improve on that.

The new Scala wears a first sample of Skoda's new design language which includes the Skoda lettering on the tailgate (we've seen that on the new Ford Focus as well) as well as interior styling cues inspired by the VISION RS concept.

The Czech brand, SKODA has world premiered SKODA SCALA compact auto at an event in Tel Aviv.

Skoda is now offering the Scala with five engine options. "We're convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A segment for Skoda".

The new vehicle is 4,362 mm (14.31 ft.) long and 1,793 mm (5.88 ft.) wide.

This is the new Skoda Scala
Skoda Scala Unveiled as Bold Understatement With Modern Compact Car Tech

The lineup also includes a 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder turbodiesel rated at 115 PS (113 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. "This touchscreen infotainment system offers easy viewing both for driver and front passenger while there is also an optional Virtual Cockpit with a 10.25" display.

The Scala also boasts a class-leading boot, with 467 litres of luggage space on offer.

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.

Having said that, the Scala is available with three TSI petrol engines, one 1.6 litre four-cylinder TDI engine, and a 1.0 litre three-cylinder G-TEC mill that's specifically created to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG). Its safety and driver assistance equipment, and design, give the hatchback a much more upmarket position than the Rapid, which was sold as a budget model. It has a 5spd gearbox as standard while the 1.0TSi 115hp version will have either a 6spd manual or a 7spd DSG automatic. Scala is a Latin word, which refers to "ladder". A retractable tow bar, which can be electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot, will be available an optional extra. In the meantime, the carmaker is working on heavily localising the MQB A0 platform that the hatchback is based on for a number of India-spec models like the T-Cross SUV.

Plus, the hatchback will be offered with a 90-horsepower 1.0-liter engine G-TEC, which can consume as liquefied natural gas, and gasoline. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Sport chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard, and on selection of the Sport mode on the Sport Chassis Control further stiffens up the suspension.

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