Skoda Replaces Budget Rapid By More Emotional And Expensive Scala
Skoda plans to make the official debut of its new Scala model at the end of 2018. The hatchback replaces a cheaper Rapid in the brand’s line-up.
Oliver Stefani, chief designer of Skoda, said that the brand wanted its cars to trigger an emotional reaction through design.
The Skoda Scala replacing the Skoda Rapid has to compete with the Ford Focus and Opel Astra. The automaker claims its new model has one of the most spacious interiors in the class of family hatchbacks. In particular, the Scala’s wheelbase is 29 mm longer than the Volkswagen Golf’s.
Moreover, they say, the knee space in the Scala is larger than in the bigger Skoda Octavia. The trunk volume is 467/1410 liters.
The new hatchback model poses as a direct alternative to the Skoda Octavia with a sportier style. It is aimed at young fashionable buyers.
There will be the latest VW Group’s petrol engines under the hood of the Skoda Scala. They are likely a 1.0-liter (85 or 110 hp) unit, a 1.5-liter 150-hp economical motor and a 1.6-liter diesel.
Versions with 48-volt electrics and a powerful starter-generator can also arrive.
Skoda reports that the new hatchback will premiere by the end of 2018. Sales are expected to start at the end of 2019. The Scala’s initial price is from $18,000.
According to Carbuyer