The forerunner of the new Skoda compact model, which will replace the Rapid Spaceback hechtube and the Fabia Combi wagon, was the Vision RS concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in early October. Externally, it is almost identical to the future Scala hatchback, but the interior seemed too fancy to us – we expected to see the driver’s seat design more familiar to Czech cars. In fact, it turned out that the interior of the Rock still borrowed the key features of the concept, that is, a small revolution took place in the ergonomics of Skoda.
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Interior concept car Skoda Vision RS
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Skoda Scala interior
The main innovation is the detached touch screen of the multimedia system (there were no such cars of the Czech brand before): it will float in front of the dashboard. The stated diagonal is 9.2 inches, but this is the top version, and in the basic versions the “tablet” will be smaller – 8 or 6.5 inches. The 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit screen, which replaces the traditional instrument panel, is the largest in its class, but it will not be in the basic configuration, of course, will be offered as an option. They also promise atmospheric LED lighting (white or red) and a soft finish on the dashboard and door cards with a special grainy texture resembling crystals, which will become a brand feature of the all-new Skoda.
Skoda Scala is designed on a simplified version of the A0 modular platform MQB, that is, the rear suspension will be semi-dependent, but as an option, an understated sports suspension with adaptive shock absorbers is provided. The developers claim that with a wheelbase of 2649 mm, the Scala will be one of the most spacious models in the class: the back seat is as spacious as in Octavia, the boot volume is from 467 to 1410 liters, which is slightly larger than most C-class hatchies but less than wagons. In essence, Scala will be something in between a Hatchback and a generalist, so as not to create problems with the sale of Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.
Specifications and equipment details Rocks were made public two weeks ago: we recall that the hatchback will be equipped with gasoline turbo 1.0 TSI (95 or 115 hp) and 1.5 TSI (150 hp), 1.6 TDI diesel (115 hp .) either with a 1.0 G-Tec (90 hp) bit-fuel unit. For all engines except the latter, a 7-speed automatic DSG box with two clutches will be available. In the list of options – fully LED optics, dual-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, electric windshield, folding hitch, electric tailgate, avtoparkovschik and much more.
It is expected that Scala will cost a little less than Folskwagen Golf and Skoda Octavia to keep the internal corporate ranking, but it is clear that with all the options the Czech hatchback will become an expensive purchase. Entry into the European market is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Plans for Russia have not yet been announced, but it is clear that without localization to the Rock in our country there is nothing to catch – prices will turn out to be uncompetitive.