Czech firm picks a Latin-based name for its Rapid replacement, which will be revealed later this year

Skoda’s new Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus rival, due to be revealed later this year, will be called the Scala.

The new car will effectively replace the Rapid hatchback in the Czech firm’s line-up. Scala is a Latin word that means ‘stairs’ or ‘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 the logo on the rear boot lid.

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 sales and marketing boss Alain Favey confirmed to Autocar earlier this year that the hatchback would not be called Rapid, instead taking a new name.

Favey said: “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 new car would have completely new 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

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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”. 

It will also be the first Skoda to receive a next-generation infotainment system that will then be rolled out across the range. Favey has described it as “state of the art”.

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...

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

9 October 2018

"Ford Focus rival" - good one :)

Where does that leave the Golf?

FMS

9 October 2018
Andrew1 wrote:

"Ford Focus rival" - good one :)

Where does that leave the Golf?

 

Why must the Golf be THE Focus rival...what each individual buyer decides as the rivals to each other when shortlisting choices is for him/her alone to decide...and in any case, your two statements are completely seperate points from each other and not linked as you'd like them to be seen as.

15 October 2018

 In this sector everything is compared to the Golf, a Car that’s supposed to be the benchmark, we’ll, it’s not really, it’s a premium product why?, because we the buyers said so?, or because marketing said so?, Skoda cars are built on VW platforms, what’s wrong with that?, if Skoda are buildin* better looking Cars than anyone else, then good for them, the image of there Focus rival looks quite good, and if it gets near or equal to the Focus it will sell more because?.....it’s cheaper, not cheap as in poor quality, fit and finish, remember there are premium parts in it, there is VW DNA in there to.

Peter Cavellini.

15 October 2018

It's still spun off the Polo rather than the Golf platform, so might lack credibility as a Focus rival.  The Octavia is the Focus rival, surely?

This is exactly the same thing they did with the Rapid.

15 October 2018

It's still spun off the Polo rather than the Golf platform, so might lack credibility as a Focus rival.  The Octavia is the Focus rival, surely?

This is exactly the same thing they did with the Rapid.

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