The Citigo-e city vehicle will be the first completely electric model by Skoda and is expected to go on sale at the end of 2019. The updated design language brought by the Vision RS study is obvious in the Scala, which also adopts new colors and materials.
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 Skoda Scala hatchback comes with an all-new cabin, which has microfibre fabric for the seats and soft foam surfaces for the dashboard.
Dimensions-wise, the Scala boasts an overall length of 4,362 mm, width of 1,793 mm, height of 1,471 mm and a healthy 2,649 mm wheelbase. Interestingly, Skoda claims that the Scala has similar rear interior space to the Octavia. The model is nearly 2 meters wide (1,988mm with mirrors), has a 2,649mm wheelbase and measures 4,362mm from bumper to bumper.
Skoda's not forgotten how to do the practical stuff, either, with a 467-litre boot among the biggest in the class (a Civic's still bigger) and all sorts of Easter eggs tucked away in the vehicle.
The interiors put together ambient lighting and an ergonomic design
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).
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. Currently, the first product from the new platform to enter the Indian market will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV.
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. A selection of five engine variants is available, with power outputs ranging from 66 kW (90 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). All will mated to 5- or 6-speed manuals, or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The option of a Sport Chassis Control is also made available, though it is optional. "It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design", he said.
Bolstering the technological side of the Scala are standard fit lane assist and front assist (autonomous emergency braking) as well as the longer-range side assist and adaptive cruise control and optional full-LED adaptive headlights and multi-collision braking. The auto sits above the Fabia, is based on the MQB A0 platform, and brings a lot of new features to the segment.