Rapid replacement finally revealed with company's new styling direction
After a drip feed of information longer than the Nile, the new Skoda Scala has been unveiled at an event in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Scala debuts a more emotive design language for the Czech brand. As noted previously, it ditches the Skoda logo on the tailgate for a large line of letters spelling out its name.
Measuring 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, 1471mm tall, and riding on a 2649mm wheelbase, the Scala is larger in every way than the Rapid it replaces. Not only that, it is also 107mm longer than the Volkswagen Golf.
Unlike the Golf, the Scala rides on the MQB-A0 platform used by Volkswagen Polo. Thanks to elements like underbody covers, the Scala has a 0.29 coefficient of drag.
As with almost every other Skoda, practicality is high on the Scala's agenda, with the automaker keen to point out it has the longest interior in its class, and a class-leading 467 litre boot, which grows to 1410L when the rear seats are folded down.
The boot is available with up to three nets, four fastening points, storage compartments and bag hooks on both sides, a built-in light, top tether hooks, a barrier net, a double-sided floor liner, a 12V charging socket, and storage spaces for a first aid kit and emergency triangle.
There are three petrol engines available: a 70kW/175Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder with a five-speed manual, a more powerful 85kW/200Nm version of that engine, and a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder.
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.
For everything bar the base engine, a six-speed manual is standard. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available on the diesel and more powerful petrol variants.
Standard features include LED head- and tail-lights, and an interior full of soft-touch materials. Depending on the model, the Scala rides on wheels measuring between 15 and 18 inches in diameter.
Available items include a panoramic sunroof with an extended tailgate window, full LED head- and tail-light units, dynamic rear indicators, microfibre upholstery, LED ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch digital instrumentation screen, and heated windscreen and steering wheel.
In the centre of the cabin is a slot for the infotainment touchscreen, which, depending on spec, measures 6.5, 8.0 or 9.2-inches diagonally.
Top-end models have an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system.
The optional Sport Chassis Control package has 15mm lower suspension, firmer shocks, and two driving modes (Normal and Sport).
Available safety features include an improved blind spot monitor system, which can detect vehicles up to 70 metres away, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, reversing camera, parking assistance, and autonomous emergency braking.
The new Scala will be in Australia in "around 12 months time", and customers will be able to order it from the fourth quarter of 2019.