Watch the Skoda Scala hatchback's international debut here live
The Skoda Scala hatchback is set to make its international debut today. The Czech carmaker will stream this event live from Tel Aviv, Israel. We already have a broad idea of what the car will look from the officially released spy photos from some time ago but you can follow the event below:
The interior of the Scala has been revealed in a design sketch and here too, there aren't too many surprises. The interior is exactly what we have come to expect from the car maker, reinterpreted in a slightly more minimalist set up. Most notable is the 10.25 inch virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster and the new 9.2 inches floating infotainment screen.
Dimensionally the Scala is significantly larger than the Fabia and is based on the MQB A0 platform also found in the Octavia and a host of other VW group cars. The car measures 4,362 mm in length, is 1,793 mm wide, and 1,471 mm high. Wheelbase is 2,649 mm. Interestingly, Skoda claims that the Scala has similar rear interior space to the Octavia. Kneeroom is 73 mm in both cars. Elbow room at the rear is 1,425 mm vs 1,449 mm for the Octavia and head room in the rear is 982 mm as compared to 980 mm in the Octavia. Boot space is 487 litres.
Five engine options will be available at launch. There will be three petrol options starting with a 95PS 1.0 TSI, a 115PS version of the same motor and going up to a 1.5 TSI with 150PS. The diesel engine will be a 1.6 TDI with 115 PS and 250 Nm. A 1.0 litre CNG fuelled motor will also be available putting out 90PS. The base petrol will be powered by a five speed manual. All other engines geta six-speed manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.
Notable features on Scala will be a par for the course in this segment. There are LED head an tail lights, ambient lighting, nine airbags and a full suite of safety features like adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and so on. Most notable, the Scala comes with a comprehensive sport mode which lowers the car by 15mm and stiffens up the springs for a more engaing drive.
The Scala will go on sale by the first half of 2019 and should be priced between the Octavia and the Fabia. There is no news on whether this car will make an India debut. The Scala is a size bigger than the Fabia will compete internationally with cars like the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic hatchback and Renault Megane.
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