ŠKODA un­veil new SCALA hatch­back to the pub­lic


The Sligo Champion - - MOTORS -

SKODA Ire­land have to­day re­vealed fur­ther de­tails of the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated SCALA com­pact hatch­back, which re­places the pre­vi­ous RAPID Space­back and will be the first SKODA model to be based on Volk­swa­gen Group’s A0 MQB plat­form. The SCALA ar­rives to Burns Car Sales in June and is longer, wider, higher and more spa­cious than the Rapid it re­places. SCALA also marks the next ma­jor devel­op­ment for the Czech brand in terms of de­sign lan­guage.

The de­sign of this all new five-door hatch­back was in­flu­enced by the VI­SION RS study which was un­veiled at the Paris Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber and com­bines emo­tive de­sign with a high de­gree of func­tion­al­ity and state-of-the-art con­nec­tiv­ity. At first glance, the com­mand­ing ex­te­rior ex­udes con­fi­dence with clearly de­fined sur­faces and al­loy wheels up to 18” in size which have been aero­dy­nam­i­cally op­ti­mised to make the car more stream­line. New sculp­tural shapes, dy­namic fea­tures and sharp lines lend the ve­hi­cle a dom­i­nant and authen­tic ap­pear­ance. In ad­di­tion, SCALA will be the first SKODA pro­duc­tion model in Europe to bear ‘SKODA’ let­ter­ing on the tail­gate in­stead of the SKODA logo. The SCALA also fea­tures LED head­lights and tail lights as stan­dard with full-LED ver­sions avail­able as an op­tion, which for the first time, come with dy­namic rear in­di­ca­tor sig­nals.

On the in­side, the mod­ern look con­tin­ues with the fo­cal point be­ing the in­fo­tain­ment dis­play which mea­sures up to 9.2” in size, mak­ing it the largest screen in its class. The op­tional 10.25” cus­tomis­able Vir­tual Cock­pit dis­play, which is built into the dash­board, is also the largest in the seg­ment and al­lows drivers to choose be­tween five dif­fer­ent dis­play set­tings. The in­te­rior is also in­flu­enced by the VI­SION RS con­cept study and com­bines er­gonomics, emo­tive­ness and spa­cious­ness. In ad­di­tion, The SCALA will come stan­dard with a host of fa­mil­iar sim­ply clever fea­tures in­clud­ing the um­brella in the driver’s door, the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap and the easy open cup holder.

In typ­i­cal SKODA style, the SCALA of­fers a very spa­cious in­te­rior, which comes close to that of the SKODA OC­TAVIA thanks to its long wheel­base mea­sur­ing 2,649 mm. The SKODA SCALA mea­sures 4,362mm in length, 1,793mm in width and stands at 1,471 mm high. In con­text this is 58mm longer, 87mm wider and 12mm higher than the RAPID Space­back model that it is re­plac­ing. The SCALA also has one of the largest boots in its class with a ca­pac­ity of 467 litres, which in­creases to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded down.

The SKODA SCALA comes with a choice of four EU6 en­gines rang­ing from 95hp to 150hp which in­clude three petrol en­gines and one diesel. All en­gines come with di­rect in­jec­tion and a tur­bocharger as well as Stop/ Start tech­nol­ogy and brake en­ergy re­cov­ery. The 1.0TSI 95hp petrol en­gine is set to be the most pop­u­lar among Ir­ish cus­tomers and is matched with a man­ual 5-speed gear­box as stan­dard. The 1.0TSI 115hp and 1.5 TSI 150bhp petrol ver­sion is avail­able with a man­ual 6-speed gear­box or an au­to­matic 7-speed DSG op­tion. The 1.6 TDI 115hp diesel ver­sion will only be of­fered with a 7-speed DSG trans­mis­sion.

SCALA will en­ter the Ir­ish mar­ket in June 2019 in time for the 192 regis­tra­tion pe­riod. John Burns, Dealer Prin­ci­pal at Burns Car Sales, com­mented, “With the new SKODA SCALA we are open­ing a new chap­ter in the SKODA com­pact hatch­back seg­ment. It is a com­pletely new prod­uct which sets bench­marks in this seg­ment with re­gards to tech­nol­ogy, safety and de­sign. In 2019 the SKODA brand in­creased share in each seg­ment we com­pete. We are very con­fi­dent with the SCALA we can at­tract and con­vert Opel As­tra and es­pe­cially Ford Fo­cus cus­tomers in 2019 and into 2020”

Fi­nal pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tion will not be con­firmed un­til March but in Ire­land, SCALA will fol­low the con­ven­tional SKODA trim line struc­ture of Ac­tive, Am­bi­tion and Style.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www. burn­scarsales.ie

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