Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Skoda Rapid replacement revealed, the 2019 Scala

This is the new Skoda Scala Skoda goes upscale with Scala compact hatchback
Priscilla Morrison | 08 December, 2018, 07:14

The Skoda Scala will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines including a 94-114 BHP 1.0-TSi, a 148 BHP 1.5-TSi and a 114 BHP / 250 Nm 1.6 TDi. Depending on the variant, the Scala will get wheels measuring between 15 - 18 inches in diameter. Most notable, the Scala comes with a comprehensive sport mode which lowers the vehicle by 15mm and stiffens up the springs for a more engaging drive. From now on, all Skoda models are going to have that lettering at the back. The full panoramic glass roof with electrically retractable sunblind is optional.

The Scala is based on MQB A0 platform and it is the first product to be based on this new VW platform.

Inside, the Scala gets a 10.25-inch fully digital Virtual Cockpit with five different configurations, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment display (available in 6.5-inch, 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch units; top-end unit gets Skoda Connect mobile services), as well as red or white ambient lighting.

Skoda says the larger dimensions have helped increase interior space, while cargo space is also up from the Rapid's 384 litres or 1349L with the rear seats folded, to 467L/1410L in the Scala. More importantly, MQB A0 brings many advantages such as cabin spaciousness, reduced weight thanks to its modern chassis design and extensive use of high-strength steel, as well as flexibility in terms of powertrain compatibility.

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). Then there's the same 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol we've praised in the Golf, plus a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel for high-mileage drivers.

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The new Skoda Scala interiors see the inclusion of a central raised screen. Three trim levels will be available in the United Kingdom market with features like a panoramic sunroof, 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. All will mated to 5- or 6-speed manuals, or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 1.5 L TSI puts out 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

An optional sport chassis will see ride height reduce by 15mm compared to the standard auto and includes four user-adjustable drive modes for more responsive throttle and steering. This allows the driver to switch between the two driving modes available - Normal and Sport.

Notable features on Scala will be a par for the course in this segment.

These include the Side Assist function, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist, Lane Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake.

The Scala - whose name, fact fans, comes from the Latin for "ladder" - marks a bit of a design revolution for Skoda, featuring a prominent, aggressive grille and the Skoda name spelt out across its boot lid.

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