Skoda Scala premium hatchback unveiled internationally

2019 Skoda Scala Front

2019 Skoda Scala is claimed to be the largest vehicle in its league. The manufacturer says it's the next major development stage for Skoda's design language, taking inspiration from its vision RS concept.

Volkswagen Group Australia general manager of corporate communications Paul Pottinger told GoAuto that deliveries of the new Scala will kick off in about a year, with the order books open from quarter three next year. This is electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot. While the Scala represents numerous firsts for the Czech brand, the most crucial debut on the hatch is that of Volkswagen's MQB A0 platform, which now underpins global VW models like the Polo and the new T-Cross. The rear also comes with LED tail lamps and To make the hatchback upmarket, Skoda name is written in the hatchback door instead of the logo.

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.

A much awaited feature of the Skoda Scala is the optional Virtual Cockpit which has a 10.25-inch display.

Having said that, the Scala is available with three TSI petrol engines, one 1.6 litre four-cylinder TDI engine, and a 1.0 litre three-cylinder G-TEC mill that's specifically created to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG). Updates to the car's infotainment system and satellite navigation can be delivered over the air (OTA) via the built-in SIM card, which connects to the Internet. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc.

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A three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI in 95 and 115PS forms will be joined by a 1.5-litre TSI with 150PS. A CNG-powered variant is also made available which has a 1.0 G-TEC, 3-cylinder engine with a capacity of 88.5 HP power and torque of 145 Nm.

At this stage, the diesel and CNG units are all but ruled out for Australia and concerns around Australia's poor fuel quality have put a question mark next to the 1.0-litre offerings, leaving the 1.5L as the most likely powertrain for Australia. The Scala shares the same benefits, but keener drivers can opt for the new Sport Chassis Control, which lowers ride height by 15 mm. This sportier version will also offer four driving modes for better throttle response and steering.

VW-Skoda future cars for India will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform and Skoda has already announced that they will bring at least 2 new cars every year in India from 2020.

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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