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Skoda unveils all-new Scala hatchback

Described as a “big step forward” for Skoda, the Scala previews an updated interior and features that are set to be implemented across the VW group

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Skoda has issued the first images of its all-new Scala family hatchback, which showcases a new interior design for the brand as well as claiming class-leading practicality.

Unveiled in Tel Aviv, Israel, where Skoda has been working with local start-up tech firms, the Scala replaces the Rapid. It has ambitious aims to double the company’s market share in the family hatchback class with the new model.

Skoda’s familiar hexagonal grille appears on the new Scala, with an extended gloss black panel appearing at the rear to give an impression of a longer rear window. The design is heavily influenced by the Vision RS concept shown off earlier in the year, although Skoda has said that a performance-oriented vRS version of the Scala is unlikely to come.

The interior has received the biggest overhaul, with an infotainment display of up to nine inches – the largest in its class – as well as a digital instrument binnacle. It’s the first Volkswagen Group product to feature the new MIB3 infotainment system, which is set to be rolled out across the group.

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Remote software updates – just like your smartphone

   

New connected services are built into the system, allowing for ‘over-the-air’ updates, as well as the latest version of the Skoda Connect app that allows the car to be unlocked remotely and real-time details on the car.

The Scala also boasts a class-leading boot, with 467 litres of luggage space on offer. Skoda also claims that the model has the same rear legroom as its larger Octavia hatchback.

Four engines are expected to be offered in the UK – 95hp and 115hp variants of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol and a sole diesel option of a 115hp 1.6-litre. A CNG (compressed natural gas) model will be offered in other markets.

A host of safety kit is available – such as lane-keep assistance, adaptive cruise control and advanced autonomous emergency braking.

Bernhard Maier, chairman of the board of management at Skoda, described the Scala as the “next big step forward” for the manufacturer.

He added: “The Scala will help Skoda to change from a volume manufacturer to a global player. We’re convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the family hatchback segment for Skoda.”

Skoda is yet to confirm prices, but it’s expected to start from around £16,500 when UK sales kick off at the start of next year.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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