Sketch shows Skoda's new Ford Focus rival's interior ahead of the car's full unveiling later this year

Skoda has revealed the interior of its upcoming Scala hatchback, which will replace the Rapid

The Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf rival will be revealed in full later this year, but this sketch is our best look yet at the car's innards. It shows the Scala will be the first Skoda to benefit from the company's next-generation infotainment, with a 9.2in freestanding central screen and a 10.3in Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display - the largest screen combination in its class.

Skoda Scala 2018 prototype review

The new system features over-the-air updates and new mobile app functions. Elsewhere inside, new materials have been employed, including a microfibre fabric for the seats, alongside ambient lighting. 

Scala is a Latin word that means ‘ladder’, and company boss Bernhard Maier said that it represents Skoda’s next step forward in the compact segment. The Scala will also be the first Skoda to feature the brand’s name instead of its logo on the rear boot lid.

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Maier said the Scala is “a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class”.

The Scala is intended to be a more direct competitor than the Rapid to the big players in the volume hatchback segment, such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra

Skoda Scala 2018 prototype review

Skoda sales and marketing boss Alain Favey said to Autocar earlier this year: “How should I put this? Our presence [in this segment] is very humble. With the current Rapid Spaceback, we didn’t manage to come through to convince people that we are a credible competitor in this segment.”

He added that the Scala would have completely fresh styling and technology.

A new sketch, released by Skoda recently, hinted at the styling of the Scala, which follows on from the Vision RS concept shown at the Paris motor show.

Skoda will drop the slow-selling liftback version and concentrate on the Spaceback hatch for the Rapid replacement.

The five-door Scala will be the first Skoda car to use the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform, which is already used on models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc

The next Fabia, due in 2020, and Skoda's upcoming baby SUV, previewed by the Vision X concept, are also due to use this architecture.

Skoda said the platform will allow the new hatchback to have “compact exterior dimensions and generous interior space”. It added that the car would use  “numerous innovative assistance systems in that segment”. 

The model will use a range of petrol and diesel engines, including the Volkswagen Group’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with power from 84bhp to 109bhp, as well as a 1.5-litre petrol unit with up to 148bhp. No hybrid or electric versions are planned and are understood to be too expensive to implement in a car of this size and price.

The Rapid is Skoda’s second-biggest-selling car worldwide after the Octavia. In 2017, it sold 211,000 units. Favey predicts that sales will double for the new model.

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9 October 2018

Surprised that Skoda sell more Rapids than Fabias. I assume they must be very popular in other parts of the world (Eastern and Southern Europe?), as 211000 is a surpringly high number

9 October 2018

Based on the ubiquitous MQB platform, it should obviously be called the Vapid.

 

An absolutely pointless vehicle to road test.

9 October 2018

Why the negativity?

The Rapid may not be your cup of tea, fine; it is nevertheless a perfectly competent vehicle for many folks who see their expectations and needs fulfilled!

We have to assume that the sales figure of 211 000 is correct: that puts many 'interesting' vehicles to shame, doesn't it?

Enthusiasts like us do not rule the markets or others' needs and views...

7 November 2018
It's a bland, dull, derivative, uncreative, unimaginative car for people with undemanding requirements - like all VW group vehicles.

FMS

18 October 2018
eseaton wrote:

Based on the ubiquitous MQB platform, it should obviously be called the Vapid.

 

An absolutely pointless vehicle to road test.

 

See Yvesferrer very relevant response to your Vapid post, as "obviously" vapid-ity was on your mind. Given your comment is aimed at the so far unseen new car, what facts are available to you, that are being denied to the rest of us, to enable you to come to your (ignorant) conclusion?.

7 November 2018
Vapid seems a very apposite name. This is just another bland Golf clone, differentiated from a Golf only via mouse clicks (like the AudiA3SeatLeonOtherSkodaClones) and available only in monotones (whiteblacksilvergrey), with (only) a coal-black interior and the same desperately dull range of engines.

When are you all going to wake up and realise that VW is killing the motor car and paving the way for autonomous googlepods, simply by boring us all to death? If this is all you ask from a car you need to book an appointment with an analyst. Creative they ain't - thank God they haven't managed to take over Alfa Romeo (yet...).

9 October 2018

Skoda already has a convincing Focus competitor in the Octavia, a small family car which in many respects is a slightly extended Golf. Certainly the vRS models were touted as rivals to the Focus ST and Golf GTI. The 'new Fabia' will have to be significantly smaller than the C-segment norm to avoid treading on Octavia's toes.

15 October 2018

Yes the Autocar group test with the new Focus includes the Octavia

They can't make the Scala too small, or else it will tread on the toes of the Fabia, the replacement of which will presumably be on the same platform

FMS

18 October 2018
Rollocks wrote:

Skoda already has a convincing Focus competitor in the Octavia, a small family car which in many respects is a slightly extended Golf. Certainly the vRS models were touted as rivals to the Focus ST and Golf GTI. The 'new Fabia' will have to be significantly smaller than the C-segment norm to avoid treading on Octavia's toes.

 

The Octavia "small"?. Have you bothered to compare the measurments of that car and competitors, before you saved your incorrect post?. Nope.

9 October 2018

"Ford Focus rival" - good one :)

Where does that leave the Golf?

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