Skoda has announced details for the all-new Scala hatchback, which is set to arrive in the UK in the summer. The new Scala introduces what Skoda describes as “a striking evolution of Skoda’s celebrated design language along with a host of all-new infotainment systems and host of engineering and safety innovations”. The Scala is the first Skoda to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform.
Three engine options will be available to customers from launch (two petrol and one diesel) with power outputs ranging from 113 bhp to 148 bhp, while a 94 bhp petrol engine arrives later in the summer. The petrol range consists of two 1.0 TSI units with 94 bhp and 113 bhp and a 1.5 TSI engine with 148 bhp. The Scala’s diesel option is a 1.6 TDI unit that generates 113 bhp. All engines, with the exception of the 1.0 TSI 94 bhp unit are available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.
The range consists of three familiar trim grades; S, SE and SE L, with all three offering high levels of standard specification. Despite its status as the entry-level model, the S is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever and a height adjustable driver’s seat. Customers opting for S model also get air-conditioning, DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and Swing infotainment system with 6.5-inch screen. In terms of safety equipment, the S model, which joins the range later in the Summer, features front head and side airbags, Front assist, Lane assist, Speed limiter and Emergency call with proactive services.
The mid-range SE model adds additional features including cruise control, rear parking sensors, Bolero infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, integrated umbrella, and height adjustable passenger seat.
The range-topping SE L adds Skoda’s new Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, digital cockpit, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer. The exterior design features 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED rear lights, dynamic indicators and privacy glass on the rear windows. Inside, the seats are finished with silver Microsuede trims and chrome details on the dashboard, door panelling, gear and handbrake lever.
The new Scala is positioned between the recently updated Fabia and Octavia models in Skoda’s new-look range. The company says that thanks to its long wheelbase of 2,649 mm, the Scala offers sector-best levels of rear headroom. Its boot capacity of 467 litres (extendable to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded) is also claimed to be the most accommodating in the sector.
The new Scala will open for order in May, with first deliveries expected in the summer. Further information relating to performance and economy will be announced in due course.