Skoda reveals Scala in full

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Words: Nile Bijoux
7 Dec 2018

Skoda has debuted the replacement for the Rapid at an event in Israel.

Coming in at 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, and 1471mm high, the new Scala is bigger all round than the Rapid Spaceback. The 2649-mm wheelbase is also slightly longer than the Spaceback’s, allowing for a more spacious cabin, and increased trunk volum, up from 415 litres with the seats up to 467 litres. Fold them down and you get 1410 litres or 30 more than in the Rapid Spaceback.

The Scala introduces some new design themes. Up front is familiar but the rear end is fresh. The Skoda name is now spelt out in place of the arrowhead logo, and the taillights have a new swoopy look.

Inside, you’ll find swathes of new materials and plenty of tech. There’s an optional all-digital instrument cluster measuring 10.25 inches and a 9.2-inch touchscreen for the next-gen infotainment with support for over-the-air updates and always online functionality.

Full LED lights front and rear (with dynamic turn signals) will be optional extras, as well as a system called Sport Chassis Control. This lowers the car by 15mm and stiffens up the suspension for sportier handling.

As for the oily bits, expect a range of VW Group mechanicals. Base models will use a 1.0-litre triple good for either 70kW or 85kW, coming with a five-speed manual or an optional seven-speed DSG respectively.

Springing for the 1.5-litre TSI engine gets you 111kW and either a six-speed manual or the same seven-speed DSG, while a 1.6-litre diesel will also be offered with 85kW.

Update:

Skoda NZ has confirmed that the Scala will launch in New Zealand, sometime in Q3 2019. Final specifications and pricing for the range will be confirmed closer to the due date.

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