Farewell, Skoda Rapid! Scala Is Coming
Skoda has unveiled a new Scala model (“stairs” from Italian), a competitor to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, Kia Ceed, Hyundai i30.
This compact hatchback replaces the Skoda Rapid and surpasses it in quality. Skoda announced its novelty in July and after a short but active teasing campaign presented it in early December in Tel Aviv, Israel.
With the dimensions of 4,362 x 1,793 x 1,471 mm provided by a new MQB A0 platform, the 2019 Skoda Scala is longer, wider and higher than the Rapid Spaceback. The wheelbase of 2,649 mm is also larger than that of its predecessor. So, the interior has become more spacious.
The trunk volume increased from 415 to 467 liters in the basic version. It is up to 1,410 liters (30 liters more than on the Rapid Spaceback) with the seats folded.
The Scala is also the first car with a new design. There is a certain resemblance with the Vision RS Concept, but on the whole the model looks ‘calmer’ than the prototype.
The motor range includes a three-cylinder 95-hp 1.0 TSI with a five-speed manual gearbox. A 115-hp variant paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG is available too.
A150-hp 1.5 TSI with the six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed DSG automatic one, as well as a 115-hp 1.6-liter diesel engine are expected as well.
A 90-hp 1.0-liter G-TEC version on compressed natural gas (CNG) with the six-speed MT will arrive by the end of 2019.
The Skoda Scala has better finishing materials and more hi-tech equipment than the Rapid. A digital instrument panel with a 10.25-inch display and a multimedia system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen supporting online updates and Internet services are optional.
The new hatch also features LED optics, the Sport Chassis Control system, which lowers the ground clearance by 15 mm for better controllability, and other options previously unavailable.
Like on the Skoda Kodiaq GT for China, the Scala’s trunk lid will have a big inscription instead of the company’s logo.
The Skoda Scala will enter the European market early 2019.