Škoda Scala takes fight to Golf and Focus

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The meaning of Scala in Latin is a ladder and the company chose to use it to represent the improvements in the new model compared to its predecessor. The new dynamic look is impressive from almost all angles, but none more so than the front fascia.

Visually, the new Scala can sit on 15- or 16-inch steel wheels, but high-spec models get aero-optimised 16- to 18-inch wheels. The Scala also comes with the "Skoda" text written on the back, in place of the company logo (first Skoda model to offer this).

It ushers in the next iteration of Skoda's design language and it is also the first model from the Czech car-maker to feature the brand name in black caps on the tailgate, instead of just using the badge. This is electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot.

Talking about the vehicle unveiled, it is 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, 1471mm tall, and has a 2649mm wheelbase, making the Scala larger in every way than the Rapid it replaces.

The interior is also quite bland, but it does debut new tablet infotainment on top of the dash, which at 9.2 inches (optional, standard is only 6.5in) is among the biggest in the class. Not only is there more room for passengers, but the boot's volume has also increased from 415 litres with the seats up to 467 litres. Currently, the first product from the new platform to enter the Indian market will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.

2019 Skoda Scala Interiors
The interiors put together ambient lighting and an ergonomic design

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. The base setup is a 95 HP 1.0 TSI with a 5-speed manual, followed by the 115 HP version of the same engine and the 150 HP 1.5 TSI, both available with a 7-speed DSG. The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95PS or 115PS. The 1.6 litre TDI unit makes 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

Those familiar with the MQB platform will know the breadth of its performance and exemplary ride capabilities. The option of a Sport Chassis Control is also made available, though it is optional. Most notable, the Scala comes with a comprehensive sport mode which lowers the auto by 15mm and stiffens up the springs for a more engaging drive.

Safety features include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, park assist and front assist including autonomous emergency braking.

Safety wise it features up to nine airbags, LED head and tail-lights as standard, Multi-Collision Brake and Crew Protect Assist that automatically closes all windows and pre-tensions the front seatbelts in the event of an impending crash.

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