Here is Skoda’s proper reply to the Golf and Focus – the Skoda Scala. Scala is the first vehicle from the brand to use the new VW’s MQB A0 platform. It also comes as a replacement to the international spec Skoda Rapid.
Skoda Scala Design and Interiors
The design of the new Skoda Scala takes a lot of cues from the Vision RS Concept. Some of the design inspirations include an all-glass rear windshield, ‘Skoda’ spelled out in place of the traditional brand’s logo etc.
The interior of the Scala is all new too. The seats get a new microfiber finish. The center of attention, on the hand, is on the center console. The Scala features a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It also gets a 10.25-inch fully customizable virtual cockpit which includes nifty features like wireless internet, voice and gesture commands. Skoda describes this as an ‘always connected’ system. With internet access available all the time, it can stream songs and make emergency calls in case of a crash.
Features and Dimensions
Skoda claims the Scala is the safest car from their stables. It has a few impressive safety features apart from the standard array of safety equipment like AEB, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, and automatic park assist. This includes a new blindspot monitoring system the can look up to 70mts behind the car and predict when someone is planning to overtake. Neat.
Other features include full-LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging and a remote unlocking with a smartphone app, made possible thanks to the always-connected system.
The new Scala measures 4,362mm in length, 1,793mm in width and 1,471mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,649mm. A sports-chassis is also on offer which lowers the ride height by 15cm. Skoda has also taken care of practicality with an impressive 467-liter boot capacity.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the Scala comes with four different engine options. This includes a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine in two different states of tune – 99bhp and 115bhp. The third option is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine which churns out 150bhp. Last option is the only diesel variant, a 1.6-liter which outputs 115bhp. These motors are paired with five or six-speed transmission and it also gets an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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