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2019 Skoda Scala price, specs and release date

The Skoda Scala will be the first of the company’s cars to get a huge infotainment screen that sits proud of the dashboard, along with a large screen that replaces the conventional dials behind the steering wheel. Skoda revealed the name of its new VW Golf alternative last month ahead of the car’s unveil in the beginning of December.

Skoda Scala price and release date

You can expect the Skoda Scala to cost around £17,000 when it goes head-to-head with the Volkswagen Golf next year. The car will be revealed in December and go on sale at the start of 2019.

Skoda Scala styling

The Skoda Scala hasn’t been formally revealed, but Skoda has provided pictures of the car wearing heavy camouflage. Rather than having the saloon-look boot of the Rapid it replaces, the Scala will have a more traditional hatchback. It’ll also be the first Skoda to have ‘Skoda’ scrolled along it’s boot lid – not the most interesting fact you have ever read, we’ll admit – but its cool scrolling indicator lights, which are another first for the company, will make you’re Skoda look like an Audi at night, which can only be a good thing.

Skoda Scala interior

The latest news, however, concerns the interior rather than the exterior. It’ll be given a new free-standing infotainment screen that sits atop the dashboard and directly in your field of vision. It’s a touchscreen that’s 9.2-inches in size. In addition to that, you’ll be able to have an optional 10.25-inch display that replaces the conventional dials behind the steering wheel and can display an expansive map that makes following the sat-nav’s direction an absolute treat. The smart tech doesn’t end there either – Skoda says you will be able to lock and unlock your Scala with your mobile phone.

You also get ambient lighting with a choice of red or white colours and, says Skoda, soft-to-the-touch plastics that should make the Scala feel more premium than the outgoing Rapid.

In terms of size, the Skoda Scala is slighter bigger than a Volkswagen Golf, which means it’ll have more rear legroom and a 467-litre boot that’s roughly a quarter larger than the VW’s. Put all the rear seats down and the Scala’s 1,410-litre total capacity is significantly more than you get in the Golf.

The Skoda Scala will be available with a variety of infotainment systems, with screens of up to 9.2 inches on offer. As an option, buyers can choose the Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the regular dials behind the steering wheel with a customisable digital display.

Skoda Scala engines and driving

In total, five engines will be available in the Skoda Scala, with power outputs ranging from 90 to 150hp. All are turbocharged and have start-stop systems, but the company is yet to confirm which will be sold in the UK.

The petrol engine range starts with a 95hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, and is the only one mated exclusively to a five-speed manual gearbox. Every other engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a seven-speed automatic is optional.

Mid-range models will have a 115hp version of the 1.0 engine. And, while Skoda is yet to confirm any of the engines’ vital statistics, this more powerful unit should get the car from 0-62mph in between 10 and 11 seconds and return fuel economy of around 60mpg.

At the top of the range is the 1.5-litre petrol that’s already fitted to the Skoda Octavia. You can expect 55mpg fuel economy and a 0-62mph time of just over eight seconds.

The only diesel engine confirmed so far is a 115hp version of the 1.6 TDI unit already used in several other Skodas. There has been speculation that a hybrid version of the Scala will be available, but nothing is confirmed so far.

What is certain is that there will be two chassis set-ups. As well as the ‘normal’ setting, there will be a ‘Sport Chassis’, which has a 15mm lower ride height and adjustable dampers, which get firmer depending on what setting you put the car in.

Skoda Scala safety

In terms of safety, the Skoda Scala will also be available with up to nine airbags and a range of driver-assistance systems. These include the optional Side Assist, which complements the Blind Spot Detect system. Whereas the latter gives a warning of vehicles in the blind spot up to 20 metres behind, the Side Assist warns of cars up to 70 metres away.

On top of that, the Scala can be specified with Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist (including City Emergency Brake to help prevent accidents in town) and Park Assist, which will automatically manoeuvre the car into parking spaces.

Bookmark this page for more info on the Scala when we have it.


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