Skoda un­veils Scala fam­ily hatch

The Scarborough News - - MOTORING NEWS -

Sko­da­has­re­vealed­de­tail­sofits new com­pact hatch­back.

TheS­calais­de­signed­to­take on the VW Golf, Ford Fo­cus, Vaux­hall As­tra and Kia ceed in the tight C-seg­ment.

The­p­o­si­tion­waspre­vi­ously filed by the Rapid, which never re­ally caught on in the UK but the Scala is all-new and Skoda hope a blend of new styling and then lat­est tech will see it im­prove on that.

At4.36mlon­gand1.8mwide the Scala slots be­tween the Fabia and Oc­tavia in the Skoda range. Like its sta­ble­mates, it aims to ma­jor on space and value for money, while set­ting out the brand’s fu­ture style and tech­no­log­i­cal di­rec­tion.

The Scala is longer and wider than the out­go­ing Rapid with a longer wheel­base of­fer­ing­mor­ein­ter­nalspace.Aquick poke around the in­te­rior at the un­veil­ing re­vealed im­pres­sive leg and shoul­der room for the seg­ment. At 467 litres the boot is also class-lead­ing, fol­low­ing the brand’s usual trick of of­fer­ing more space than sim­i­larly priced ri­val mod­els.

Th­estylingisob­vi­ous­lySkoda. There are sharp edges and neatan­gle­saplenty.Theop­tion- alex­tend­ed­glasstail­gateis­rem­i­nis­centoftheVolvoC30-nobad thing - and car­ries the Skoda name script in full - a move other Skoda are set to fol­low.

As well as set­ting out the brand’s new of­fer­ing, the Scala show­cas­es­newde­sign­cue­sand tech­nol­ogy for the brand.

Cen­tral to both is a free­stand­ing cen­tral touch­screen. Skoda says that by set­ting the screen apart from and high up in the dash it al­lows driv­ers and pas­sen­gers a bet­ter view and eas­ier ac­cess. It also means the screen can vary in size from 6.5 inches up to a class-lead­ing 9.2 inches.

Th­e­screen­host­stheal­wayscon­necte­d­in­ter­net-linked­in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The Scala is the first car in the VW Group to get­the­lat­estver­sionof­thetech­nol­ogy, which of­fers over-theair up­dates, live traf­fic-based nav­i­ga­tion and ac­ci­dent-ac­ti­vated emer­gency call­ing.

The Scala will also be avail­able­witha10.25-inch­con­fig­urable­vir­tu­al­cock­pit,bring­ingthe dig­i­tal­in­stru­ments­first­seenon the Audi TT to the Skoda com­pact hatch.

Bol­ster­ing­th­etech­no­log­i­cal side­oftheS­calaare­standard­fit lane as­sist and front as­sist (au­tonomous emer­gency braking) as well as the longer-range side as­sist and adap­tive cruise con­trol as well as op­tional full-LED adap­tive head­lights and mul­ti­col­li­sion braking.

At launch the Scala will be of­fered with four en­gine op­tions - three petrol and a lone diesel. The petrols start with two tunes of the 1.0-litre three­cylin­derengine,of­fer­ing94bhp matched to a five-speed trans­mis­sion or 114bhp with a sixspeed. The widely used 1.5-litre four-cylin­der­with­148bh­p­tops the petrol of­fer­ing and is avail- able­with­asix-speed­man­u­alor seven-speed DSG gear­box. The 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel comes with the six-speed man­ual or seven-speed auto trans­mis­sions.

Avail­able as an op­tion, the dy­nam­ic­cha­s­sis­con­trol­low­ers the­sus­pen­sion­by15m­mand­of­fers stan­dard or sport driv­ing modes, along with eco and in­di­vid­ual set­tings.

Prices and ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tions are still to be con­firmed but ex­pect the Scala to go on sale around mid-2019 and to be keenly priced against its many ri­vals.

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