Skoda have unveiled their new premium hatchback, christened the Scala in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Scala will be a very important model for Skoda globally because it is the first Skoda to be built on the MQB AO platform. Developed in co-ordination with the Volkswagen Group, the MQB AO platform will spawn affordable products in the future for Skoda as well as VW.

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If Skoda decides to launch the Scala in India, it would serve as a brand-building model for Skoda India.

It is likely to be launched globally next year. However, it is not yet clear whether Skoda will be launching the estate-hatch in the Indian market or not. In our opinion, it may seem a good chance for Skoda to take a risk, because the Indian public may warm up to the idea of a spacious estate-hatch having lots of practicality.

Coming back to the Scala, it will be based on Skoda’s Vision RS concept. The Scala implements a new development stage for Skoda and will feature design elements seen on the Octavia and the Superb. It will have features like LED headlamps and tail-lamps, virtual cockpit interior design, a floating touchscreen and so-on.

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The Skoda Scala will compete with the likes of VW Golf, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed.

Skoda have given the Scala a range of three powertrains, namely a 1.0 litre TSI and a 1.5 litre TSI petrol along with a 1.6 litre TDI diesel motor. Both petrol versions make 95 bhp and 150 bhp respectively, while the diesel one is capable of 115 bhp. These come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.5 TSI also being offered in a 7-speed DSG one.

When launched in India, the Scala will be placed between the Rapid and the Octavia in Skoda’s line-up. The Scala will also form the base for Skoda’s upcoming mid-size SUV, slated to launch in 2021. We can expect Skoda to price the Scala affordably in India, given that it operates in the cost-effective MQB AO platform.

 
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