Skoda Scala 2019: the presentation of Skoda's new C-segment sedan has just ended, the result of a special project, unlike any other model in the range. The model, which is also being offered for methane in the coming months, arrives at a market dominated by SUVs and crossovers. The aces in the sleeve? Design, spacious interior and technologies that are directly derived from the models of the higher category. It was not for nothing that the car was presented Israel, the second country in the world at number innovative startupsas well as one of the markets in which Skoda invests in research and development thanks to the program Skoda Digilab.
DESIGN: AS THE CONCEPT, BUT WITHOUT SURPLUS
Fast, goodbye: Skoda Scala It is presented as a completely new product, more mature and designed to meet the tastes of an increasingly demanding public. The name Scala, derived from Latin, indicates the desire to scale the sales charts in the C segment, but also one new reference point.
The calling card of this approach is the designwho, while retaining the usual sobriety of Czech cars (in Skoda, they call it "smart understatement") is noted for some refined details, such as the treatment of sheet metal surfaces and the shape of the triangular, angular and "precious" lights as in the tradition of Bohemian crystals. For the first time on a standard vehicle in Europe, the Skoda logo disappears from the tailgate, replaced by the inscription S K O D A at the base of the glass rear window.
The proportions are those of the Skoda Vision RS plug-in hybrid concept car, with a heavily tilted rear window and a belt line that reinforces the "shoulder" of the car, but of course Scala can not afford spectacular details such as large aluminum wheels and the illuminated LED lights. schedule.
DIMENSIONS: SPACIOUS AND VERSATILE
Made on modular platform MQB A0 – the same as Audi A1, Volkswagen Polo / T-Cross and Seat Ibiza / Arona – Scala will have size of segment C, with a length of 4.36 m, a width of 1.79 m, a height of 1.47 m and especially a step of 2.64 m. Measures that Skoda promises to guarantee a generous interior space, starting with the space for the knees (73 mm), for the elbows (1.42 m) and for the head (982 mm) of the rear passengers. Also broad hull, with a variable capacity between 467 liters and I 1.410 liters.
There will be no shortage of solutions "Just smart", like theintegrated umbrella in the door from the driver, the ice scraper in the gasoline window, the electric tailgate and the removable towbar electric. A technological preview, on the other hand, is the taillight with dynamic direction indicators, combined with full LED technology.
INTERIORS: APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID CAR WIRELESS
In a dashboard with a brand new design (a horizontal language that, together with the outside, will affect all future models of the brand), Skoda Scala will lead to the debut configurable digital instrumentation Virtual cockpit (TFT screen of 10.25 "), along with a new one screen for the infotainment, a system of the new generation (present for the first time on a car of the VAG group) with a maximum diagonal of 9.2 inches, placed in an elevated position with a "tablet" effect so trendy.
Infotainment is connected thanks to the Skoda Connect system (here our test)including remote management of some vehicle functions, i OTA updates for cards and for the operating system, compatibility with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, the presence of online services and an integrated eSIM for eCall and Proactive Service. present 4 USB type C connections, today only reserved for the super-technological Mercedes-Benz A-Class … An authentic novelty is the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless with the SmartLink + system.
3 the infotainment systems on Skoda Scala (Bolero, Swing and Amundsen) with screens of 6.5 inches, 8 inches or 9.2 inches. Present navigator with 3D maps and 64 GB SSDs.
The technology also includes driving dynamics: Skoda Scala offers the configuration as an option "Preset Chassis Chassis", with reduced springs of 15 mm and electronically adjustable shock absorbers via the Normal and Sport driving modes, present in the infotainment system in the menu Driving Mode Select.
ALL ADAS YOU NEED
The ADAS that Skoda Scala will make available to its customers includes the Side Assist, which monitors the blind spot and warns the driver on arrival of a vehicle in case of overtaking with a range of up to 70 meters, Blind spot detection for blind spot control with a range of 20 meters, the Rear Traffic Alert (combined with Side Assist) which controls transverse traffic in reverse gear,Adaptive Cruise Control (operating up to 210 km / h) and automatic parking. Standard on all Skoda Scala the Lane Assistant for the active maintenance of the lane and the Front assistant with emergency brakes.
Passive security also includes the Crew Protect assistant (closing the windows and pretensioning the seat belts in the event of an imminent collision) the multiple collision avoidance system Multi-Collision Brake (keeps the vehicle braked after a collision to alleviate the consequences of further potential consequences) and 9 airbags.
DIESEL, PETROL AND METHANE ENGINES, FROM 90 TO 150 HP
Skoda Scala will be available with five turbo engines, direct injection, with Start / Stop, brake energy recovery system and homologation Euro 6D TEMP. It starts with gasoline, with the 1.0 TSI with 95 HP and 175 Nm (Manual five-speed gearbox) e 115 HP and 200 Nm (6-speed manual transmission or DSG), flanked by the top of the range 1.5 TSI of 150 hp and 250 Nm (manual 6 reports or 7-speed DSG).
These are standard equipped with the particle filter, as well as the 1.6 TDI turbodiesel with 115 HP and 250 Nm of torque (also equipped with SCR catalyst with AdBlue based on urea for the reduction of nitrogen oxides). The TDI can be combined with the manual six-speed gearbox or the DSG with 7 gears.
Finally, the rich engine range is merged in the months after the launch 1.0 G-TEC 90 HP and 145 Nm methane, always turbocharged. In this case, the transmission is only manual with 6 reports.
Skoda Scala will arrive on the market in the second half of 2019.