Skoda introduces the all-new Scala hatchback

Irving Hamilton
December 9, 2018

The new Skoda Scala will compete with the VW Golf and the Ford Focus upon launch.

The new auto - SCALA means "ladder" or "stairs" in Latin they tell me - is due in Ireland next June so it will make it for the 192-reg plate season.

The new Skoda Scala interiors see the inclusion of a central raised screen. "We're convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A segment for Skoda".

At 4362 mm long, 1793 mm wide, and 1471 mm high, the new Scala is longer, wider, and taller than the Rapid Spaceback.

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's not forgotten how to do the practical stuff, either, with a 467-litre boot among the biggest in the class (a Civic's still bigger) and all sorts of Easter eggs tucked away in the auto. An RS version is possible, considering the Scala was previewed by the Vision RS concept in Paris. The diesel variant comes with a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder TDI engine which can churn out a maximum power of 113.9 HP and peak torque of 250 Nm.

2019 Skoda Scala Interiors
The interiors put together ambient lighting and an ergonomic design

Globally, the Skoda Scala hatchback will be made available with multiple engine options - two 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol units generating 99hp/ 115hp and 150hp, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 115hp, 1.6-litre diesel.

The exact price of the vehicle is yet to be unveiled, but experts predict it to be around Dollars 15,000, slightly above that of the current Rapid Spaceback. The Scala also comes with a black roof and roof spoiler. The boot can be optioned with an electric tailgate opening and closing function. There will be three petrol options starting with a 95PS 1.0 TSI, a 115PS version of the same motor and going up to a 1.5 TSI with 150PS.

Five- and six-speed manuals and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered, depending on the powerplant. A 1.0 G-Tec CNG engine rated at 89 BHP will be offered at a later date. Not only that, it is also 107mm longer than the Volkswagen Golf. The Sport chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard, and on selection of the Sport mode on the Sport Chassis Control further stiffens up the suspension.

The Skoda Scala hatchback will be available in 3 trim levels - S, SE and SE L. The hatchback is equipped with several driver assist features like autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera and automatic park assist.

Safety wise it features up to nine airbags, LED head and tail-lights as standard, Multi-Collision Brake and Crew Protect Assist that automatically closes all windows and pre-tensions the front seatbelts in the event of an impending crash.

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