Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

ŠKODA Includes CNG for new SCALA in 2019

ŠKODA Includes CNG for new SCALA in 2019

The company's manufacturing plant in Mladá Boleslav is set to begin producing the model in February, with the first Scalas appearing on the market in April 2019. The updated design language brought by the Vision RS study is obvious in the Scala, which also adopts new colors and materials. Skoda is offering a wide range of wheels ranging from 15-inch and 16-inch steel wheels, and 16 to 18-inch alloy wheels. Some of the styling elements shared with the concept include an optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate.

"At first glance the Scala looks as a more mature model than the Rapid, so it is likely to serve as a stronger competitor to the established models in its segment such as the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Opel Astra and others". Some of the styling cues that are shared with the concept include the optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate and features the word "Skoda" written out in place of a logo (the manufacturer's first auto to do so). The wheelbase of Scala is 2649 mm and the boot capacity is 467 litres, which can be further extended by folding down the rear seats to 1410 mm.

Inside, the Scala gets a 10.25-inch fully digital Virtual Cockpit with five different configurations, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment display (available in 6.5-inch, 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch units; top-end unit gets Skoda Connect mobile services), as well as red or white ambient lighting.

Under the bonnet the Scala gets the choice of three petrol engines and a single diesel, with the latter being the familiar 1.6 TDI with 115PS. A more powerful 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol motor with 148bhp will round off the petrol line-up. However, the G-TEC engine, which makes 90 PS and 145 Nm of torque, will only be available sometime next year. Transmission options include five- and six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch units.

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There's also a 86kW/250Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, and a 66kW/145Nm 1.0-litre 3-cylinder running on compressed natural gas. While this large hatch is made on the MQB A0 platform it is unlikely that it will come to India. This sportier version will also offer four driving modes for better throttle response and steering.

In terms of safety, the Scala is said to be one of the safest vehicles in the segment.

The list of options is surprisingly rich: separate climate control, adaptive cruise control, electric tailgate with hands free function, Wi-Fi, adaptive cruise control, the Park assist system, control system layout and pre-emptive braking.

Safety-wise, Skoda can fit the Scala with up to nine airbags, including a driver knee airbag and optional rear side airbags.

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