Previewed by the Imaginative and prescient RS idea on the current Paris Motor Present, the brand new Skoda Scala will exchange the disappointing Skoda Fast – and, hopes the Volkswagen Group firm, might be a way more convincing value-priced compact household hatch various.
In rising up in comparison with the Fast, the brand new Skoda Scala would be the Czech agency’s first real various to the sector-leading Volkswagen Golf from its dad or mum agency. Different goal automobiles in its sights embrace the Ford Focus, Kia Ceed and the Leon from, sure, sister firm Seat.
Skoda could be very excited by the launch of the brand new Scala. “We’re proposing a brand new chapter within the compact class of Skoda,” mentioned chairman Bernhard Maier.
“It’s a utterly new improvement that units requirements by way of know-how, security and design on this class… we’re assured that Scala has the perfect likelihood to redefine the section for Skoda.”
For now, regardless of an earlier teaser sketch, solely the identify is being revealed, though Skoda says the “emotional exterior and inside design language” had been intently hinted at by the Imaginative and prescient RS.
It’s, nonetheless, exhibiting us the rear tailgate, which seems to be like it can proceed the smoked glass impact of the Fast and Imaginative and prescient RS. It additionally options ‘SKODA’ lettering, as an alternative of the Skoda roundel – apparently to assist familiarity in new markets the place automotive model logos are unfamiliar.
However in the event you assume the Scala identify itself is acquainted, you’d be proper – however from Volkswagen historical past, not Skoda. Within the late 80s, the Mk2 Scirocco was given a facelift, and a high-spec Scala mannequin launched.
Volkswagen might be hoping it’s solely outdated names its handing over to Skoda, slightly than gross sales of its EU-leading Golf hatch…