The Scala also features an all-new interior, with new materials throughout including microfibre fabric for the seats and soft foam surfaces for the dashboard trim. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system can be paired with an optional 10.25in virtual cockpit display in place of traditional instruments. The main touchscreen sits on a ‘shelf’ for people to brace their hands while operating it.
The five-seat Scala is 4362mm long, making it marginally longer than the outgoing Rapid Spaceback, with larger 2649mm wheelbase allows for increased legroom. At 467 litres, Skoda also says the Scala has the largest boot in the segment. An optional electric tailgate also features.
Other trademark Skoda touches, including an umbrella compartment in the driver’s door and ice scraper in the fuel filler cap that doubles as a tyre tread depth gauge, make a return.
In the UK, four engines will be offered at launch: two 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrols with 94bhp or 113bhp, a 1.5-litre, 148bhp four-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-litre, 114bhp diesel. All will be powered through five- or six-speed manuals, or a seven-speed DSG automatic. There are currently no plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid powertrain previewed by the Vision RS concept.
An optional sport chassis will ride 15mm lower than the standard car and include four user-adjustable drive modes for a more responsive throttle and steering.
Three different trim levels – S, SE and SE L – will be offered in the UK. All will include a number of driver assist systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. Adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera and automatic park assist are available as options.
Exact specifications have yet to be confirmed for the UK, but higher-end models will receive options such as keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging and remote door unlocking via a mobile app.