Skoda has revealed the value and remaining specs of the brand new Skoda Scala, which can formally go on sale in Might 2019. The Scala will supply the standard vary of Skoda trim ranges: S, SE and SE L from launch, with a Sportline mannequin becoming a member of the vary later within the yr. Costs begin from £16,595, and first deliveries are set for the summer season.
The Scala would be the Czech firm’s reply to sensible household hatchbacks just like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf when it arrives later in 2019. The brand new automobile relies on the identical mechanical underpinnings because the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza, however is sized to tackle vehicles from a category above.
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Regardless of being the entry level to the vary, the S mannequin nonetheless gives an excellent quantity of apparatus. Air-conditioning, DAB radio, all-round electrical home windows and a 6.5-inch infotainment display screen are all supplied, and the most affordable Scala additionally advantages from a leather-based steering wheel and handbrake, LED headlights and alloy wheels. When it comes to security, a velocity limiter, lane-keep help, entrance help and emergency calling are all fitted as commonplace.
Mid-range SE spec, priced from £18,580, is prone to be hottest, because it additionally options cruise management, rear parking sensors, an even bigger and crisper infotainment system and a handily built-in umbrella. Stepping as much as top-spec SEL, you may get pleasure from bigger 17-inch wheels, a digital cockpit (changing analogue dials), keyless entry and begin, a 9.2-inch Amundsen infotainment touchscreen, privateness glass and dynamic indicators. It prices £20,380 earlier than choices.
The brand new hatchback mannequin is known to signify a direct different to the Skoda Octavia, with a sportier type that’ll enchantment to youthful, extra fashion-conscious consumers. Previewed by the Skoda Imaginative and prescient RS idea, the Scala takes a much more distinctive, sculpted kind than the Skoda Speedy Spaceback, with out considerably altering in dimension.
2019 Skoda Scala design
The brand new Skoda Scala is 10cm longer than a Volkswagen Golf, however 30cm shorter than its Skoda Octavia sibling, inserting it on the bigger finish of the household automobile market. The brand new automobile will get fashionable Skoda styling cues however incorporates them into a big hatchback physique, which encompasses a notably massive rear hatch if the ‘glass extension’ possibility is chosen as on the automobile pictured right here.
Extra security gear will likely be accessible as non-obligatory extras – you’ll be capable to pay additional for rear cross site visitors alert, a rear-view digicam, an computerized parking system and blind-spot monitoring. The Scala can even be accessible with as much as 9 airbags.
The Scala will likely be supplied with non-obligatory Sports activities Chassis Management. This brings decrease, adjustable suspension and the choice to regulate driving modes to go well with the situations at hand.
Skoda claims the Scala has one of the vital spacious interiors within the household hatchback class. With a 12mm longer wheelbase (the space between entrance and rear axles) than the Volkswagen Golf: there’s stated to be as a lot rear knee house within the Scala as within the bigger Skoda Octavia, together with a 467-litre boot that expands to 1,410 litres for those who fold the rear seats away. An non-obligatory powered tailgate will likely be supplied.
It’s probably that trademark considerate Skoda design touches can even function throughout the vary, together with an ice-scraper beneath the filler cap, the aforementioned umbrella within the driver’s door and a parking ticket holder on the windscreen.
The Scala’s dashboard has been designed to mirror the outside look of the automobile, with the angles seen across the Skoda badge echoed by character traces on the base of the 9.2-inch touchscreen, offering a singular look in addition to someplace to relaxation your hand whereas utilizing the infotainment system. The latter will supply over-the-air software program updates – together with navigation knowledge – by means of the Skoda Join smartphone app.
Including an additional high-tech contact is a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster that may be configured to indicate data in 5 alternative ways. A novel, tactile dashboard texture that is new to the Skoda vary can even function. Upholstery decisions will embrace ‘microfibre suedia’ cloth as an possibility.
The VW Group’s newest petrol engines will seem beneath the Skoda Scala’s bonnet. The 1.0-litre three cylinder engine will likely be accessible with both 94bhp or 114bhp, whereas the 1.5-litre 4 cylinder will boast 148bhp, utilizing cylinder deactivation expertise to enhance gasoline economic system. A 1.6-litre diesel with 114bhp can even be supplied.
2019 Skoda Scala prototype drive
Carbuyer was supplied the prospect to drive the automobile on this early state and the prototype Skoda Scala doesn’t disappoint, regardless of just a few pre-production niggles. The acquainted VW Group 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine is nice, pulling effectively from low revs and remaining quiet at larger speeds. There’s no official phrase on efficiency or economic system however a 0-62mph time of round eight seconds is probably going, with gasoline economic system of round 55mpg anticipated.
The prototype Scala wasn’t notably participating to drive, but it surely was quiet and comfy. Mix these qualities with its spectacular practicality and doubtlessly low value, and the brand new Skoda needs to be geared up to make waves in what’s a hotly contested market section.