In a time when SUVs are flooding the automotive market, product launches in another segment are becoming increasingly rare. Today, if it is not customary, it is a compact unfolding before our eyes in Tel Aviv, Israel. After a long mocking action Škoda lifts up the veil of the Scala, a compact sedan that replaces the Rapid. The name Scala was also the subject of an extensive marketing study. In fact, the rapid was often avoided by customers because it was suitable for less vulnerable customers. The stairwell of the Latin American Scala symbolizes the true desire to be lifted by the Czech company.
Aesthetically, the Škoda Scala is characterized by a legal design and sharp lines, according to the concept car brand Vision RS. The new Czech compact is 4.36 meters long, 1.79 meters wide and 1.47 meters high. Compared to the two main competitors in the French market, the Skoda Scala is 11 inches longer than the Peugeot 308 and measures as big as the Renault Mégane. Inside we immediately notice a real desire to achieve a high standard with clean surfaces and high quality materials. La Scala is also full of technology with the introduction of a 10.25 inch digital panel instead of traditional needle instrumentation and a touch screen in the middle of the console, which is between 6.5 and 5 inches 9.2 inches depending on the version.
As far as habitability is concerned, of course La Scala can not be as practical as an SUV, but it's clear that it's going pretty well. In fact, the Czech brand gives a trunk volume of 467 to 1410 liters, as soon as the rear bank has worked. La Scala also offers driving assistance with lane departure warning (available as standard), automatic emergency braking (standard), blind spot warning or cruise control. adaptive speed.
Based on the MQB A0 platform, which will receive a hybrid and electric motor in the future, the Scala is available in five different engines. Three gasoline engines are available: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine with 95 and 115 hp, combined with a five- or six-speed manual transmission, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 150 hp, the one of a Six-speed manual transmission is driven. Reports or a seven-speed DSG robot gear. Although it does not really work, Škoda offers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 115 hp and 250 Nm of torque in combination with a mechanical gearbox or a robot gearbox. A natural gas version will be available later in the second half of 2019. It is a 1.0 liter G-TEC engine with 90 hp and 145 Nm of torque.
In terms of the suspension, Škoda offers as an option a sports suspension to lower the driving height by 15 millimeters. In addition to the sports suspension four driving modes are available: Normal, Sport Eco and Individual. The sport mode allows a streamlining of the suspension and the steering and a transmission that allows the gearshift in the towers a little higher. Škoda has not yet informed about a sports version. It will certainly arrive in a few months. It remains to be seen which motor it will ship. A 100% thermal version? A hybrid engine?
With regard to the French prices, Škoda has not yet announced that they should be around 18,000 euros. La Scala will be available in France from next June.