Skoda Scala hatchback unveiled

That name plate sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It indeed was in use with a certain Renault in India. Welcome the all-new Skoda Scala, a hatchback that was unveiled last night. The Skoda Scala hatchback is the first from the maker to be based on the VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform. This platform is shared with the new Polo, however the Scala is no replacement for the Fabia. Instead it is a bigger hatchback that will take on the likes of the Hyundai i30, Ford Focus and the VW Golf. It goes on sale in the first half of 2019 in Europe.

That sounds interesting. What’s more to know about the Skoda Scala hatchback?

Skoda Scala hatchback

First up, the Skoda Scala hatchback previews the latest design from the Czech carmaker. From the Scala’s design, it is quite obvious on how the next-generation Octavia will look like. The front has a relatively small grille, with the lower half of the bumper looking quite lithe as well. Full LED headlight are a new on a Skoda small hatchback. These have static and bending properties too. Move on to the side and the gloss black 18-inch alloys cut a distinctive figure. Skoda will offer wheel sizes ranging from 16 to 18-inches. The wing mirrors are done in black as well.

Skoda Scala hatchback

Skoda Scala hatchback

The Skoda Scala hatchback’s side design tapers towards the rear. Skoda also offers a fully panoramic sunroof. At the rear, one gets optional dynamic turn indicators as well as a full complement of LED tail lamps. The tail gate doesn’t have a Skoda logo and instead uses black Skoda lettering across it.

What’s the inside of the Skoda Scala hatchback like?

The Skoda Scala hatchback has an interior inspired by the Vision RS concept. A soft-foam surface touchscreen infotainment system dominates the centre console. Contrast coloured stitching on the upholstery as well as ambient lighting too is included. Skoda offers an optional heated windscreen as well as a steering wheel. With the Scala, one gets an electronically operating boot, electrically retractable tow hook as well as a tip to close function.

Skoda Scala hatchback

Skoda Scala hatchback

Five passengers can easily be accommodated in this Skoda while the luggage space of 467 litres too is one of the biggest in class. The wheelbase of the car is 2,649mm.

Care to elaborate on the engines of the Scala?

The Skoda Scala gets three turbo petrol engines as well as one diesel motor. Of this, the petrols have a capacity of 1.0-litre (different states of tune) and there is a bigger 1.5-litre motor. The 3-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol in a lower state of tune makes 95PS/175Nm while the higher one produces 115PS/200Nm. The former comes with a 5-speed manual while the latter gets a 6-speed. A 7-speed DSG is optional on the latter as well. The 1.5-litre petrol comes with Active Cylinder Technology and brings in 150PS/250Nm to the table. While coasting, two cylinders out of the four shut down to save fuel. One can order this engine with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG combo.

The diesel is a familiar 1.6-litre TDI that pumps out 115PS and 250Nm. It gets the same gearbox options as the 1.5-litre petrol. Skoda will offer a CNG-fied 1.0-litre engine at a later stage. This one will make 90PS/145Nm.

How will the Scala be to drive?

Skoda Scala hatchback

It promises to be an exciting car for sure. An optional Sport chassis is being offered that lowers the car by 15mm to bring in a more agile handling. Through the Drive Mode Select, customers can choose to switch between this and Normal mode. Drive Mode Select will also have two other modes – Eco and Individual.

Skoda Scala hatchback

BLIS, MKB, ABS with EBD, nine airbags, City Emergency Brake, Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Driver Fatigue Alert, Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control will be on offer too. Skoda promises that the Scala hatchback will be the safest car in its category.

Will the Skoda Scala hatchback come to India?

Skoda Scala hatchback

Highly unlikely considering that Volkswagen still hasn’t got the new Polo here. However, given that now the restructuring management is under Skoda in India, the Scala may come here. Moreover, the MQB-A0 platform is being localised to a heavy extent. If and when the Skoda Scala comes to India, it will be priced upwards of Rs 10 lakh. Do you want to see the car being sold here? Let us know in the comments section below.

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