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SKODA SCALA Hatchback World Premiered in Tel Aviv

09 December 2018

Speaking at the unveiling of the firm's new Scala hatchback in Tel Aviv, Skoda's chairman of the board of management, Bernhard Maier, confirmed the firm's electric aims.

"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".

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The new vehicle - SCALA means "ladder" or "stairs" in Latin they tell me - is due in Ireland next June so it will make it for the 192-reg plate season. "We're convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A segment for Skoda". The entry-level petrol engine will be a 1.0 L TSI engine with two different outputs - 95 PS & 175 Nm and 115 PS & 200 Nm. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system can be paired with an optional 10.25-inch virtual cockpit display in place of traditional dials.

As with nearly 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.

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Design inspiration of the Skoda Scala hatchback has been derived from the Vision RS concept that first broke cover at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

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.

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As reported, the Scala replaces the slow-selling Rapid Spaceback that launched in Australia in mid-2014, about two years after it went on sale globally. Discounts should also lower the Scala's price even further - as an example, What Car? The petrol range starts with the turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95PS or 115PS. In the meantime, the carmaker is working on heavily localising the MQB A0 platform that the hatchback is based on for a number of India-spec models like the T-Cross SUV. Towards the end of 2019, a 1.0 G-TEC with 89 bhp on tap and a six-speed manual will be added to the range for those with a soft spot for compressed natural gas (CNG). Transmission options include 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes along with a 7-speed DSG box.

An optional sport chassis will see ride height reduce by 15mm compared to the standard auto and includes four user-adjustable drive modes for more responsive throttle and steering.

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Safety-wise, Skoda can fit the Scala with up to nine airbags, including a driver knee airbag and optional rear side airbags. Features such as automatic park assist, rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control are optional offerings.

SKODA SCALA Hatchback World Premiered in Tel Aviv