Skoda has revealed the identify of its upcoming entry into the European compact hatch phase. The Skoda Scala will likely be a substitute for the Fast Spaceback, competing in a category with stalwarts such because the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Additionally enjoying on this subject are the Renault Megane, Peugeot 308, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed.
The Scala identify derives from the Latin phrase ‘scala’ which implies ‘stairs’, and is a step ahead for the Czech carmaker within the phase.
“With the brand new Skoda Scala we’re proposing a brand new chapter within the compact class of Skoda. It’s a utterly new growth that units requirements when it comes to know-how, security and design on this class. Thus we’re assured that Scala has the perfect probability to redefine the phase for Skoda,” stated Skoda chairman Bernhard Maier.
Skoda will likely be trying to do higher than the Fast with the Scala. “How ought to I put this? Our presence [in this segment] could be very humble. With the present Fast Spaceback, we didn’t handle to return by means of to persuade people who we’re a reputable competitor on this phase,” Skoda gross sales and advertising and marketing boss Alain Favey admitted to Autocar.
Together with the Scala badge, Skoda additionally launched a picture of the automotive’s rear finish, which exhibits the model spelled out in wide-spaced letters, like what we noticed on the China-only Kodiaq GT sketch earlier. It replaces the Skoda brand on the tailgate. Skoda says that the Scala presents its new “emotional” exterior and inside design language – as seen on the Imaginative and prescient RS idea from Paris 2018 – for the primary time in manufacturing kind.
Attributable to floor earlier than the tip of 2018, the Scala would be the first Skoda to utilise the VW Group’s A0 MQB platform, which already underpins the Volkswagen T-Roc and Seat Ibiza. The subsequent-gen Fabia, set for launch in 2020, and Skoda’s upcoming junior SUV will even use the identical platform, based on Autocar.
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