The name derives from the Latin work “SCALA” which means “stairs” and is a step forward for the Czech car manufacturer in the compact hatch segment.
Bernhard Maier, chairman of the board of SKODA AUTO, emphasises: “With the new SKODA SCALA we are proposing a new chapter in the compact class of SKODA. It is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class. Thus, we are confident that SCALA has the best chance to redefine the A-segment for SKODA”.
The World Premiere is now upon us for the SKODA SCALA, which is expected to go on sale as early as the first half of 2019.
Sneak peek images show the new car’s space and versatility, qualities which will be paired with a chronic of three TSI and one TDI engine ranging from 95 to 150PS.
The SCALA has full-LED headlights and taillights, plenty of space for luggage and passengers, plus numerous Simply Clever features. The SCALA is also the first SKODA production model in Europe to bear SKODA in block lettering on the tailgate instead of the SKODA logo.
Engines and Transmissions
The SCALA comes with a choice of five engines. The 95PS 1.0 TSI is linked to a manual five-speed gearbox. The 115PS 1.0 TSI is available with a manual six-speed gearbox as standard, or an automatic seven-speed DSG as an option. The SCALA’s top of the range petrol engine is the 1.5 TSI that generates 150PS and comes with a six-speed gearbox as standard, or seven-speed DSG as an option.
The four-cylinder 1.6 TDI 115PS efficient diesel engine is coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; a seven-speed DSG is available as an option.
Despite its compact dimensions, the SCALA has a generous amount of interior space. The new model measures 4,362mm in length, is 1,793mm wide, and 1.471mm high – and the long wheelbase, at 2,649mm, gives the car top-notch driving characteristics.
The SCALA has one of the largest boots in its segment with a capacity of 467 litres, increasing to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Infotainment and Connectivity.
The optional and fully configurable Virtual Cockpit is available with a 10.25 inch displaying: the largest in the compact car segment. The infotainment system displays measure up to 9.2 inches – also top in the class.
A new generation of SKODA Connect mobile online services gives passengers the option of locking and unlocking the car using a mobile phone and updating the software of the infotainment or maps ‘over the air’, without the need to visit a retailer.
New Assistance Systems
The SCALA features optional Side Assist that indicates to the driver when a vehicle is approaching from behind to overtake or is in the driver’s blind spot. It can detect vehicles up to 70 meters away.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is also an option, while Lane Assist and Front Assist come as standard.
Norbert Weber, head of Interior Design at SKODA-AUTO, says: “The new SCALA is the first production model to feature our new interior concept, introducing an updated design language alongside new colours and materials. Its premiere the SCALA marks the beginning of a new brand identity for SKODA, which is as emotive as it is functional”.
The focal point of the interior concept in the SKODA SCALA is the display, with a size of up to 9.2 inches, it’s the largest in this vehicle segment and perfectly standing, central display is framed by a character line that echoes the emotive contours of the bonnet. Below this display, this line also creates an ergonomic wrist rest for operating the touchscreen.
The control for the air conditioning in the centre console and the buttons for the start/stop system, Driving Mode Select and Park Assist right in front of the gear shift lever are within comfortable reach for the driver.