The famous Czech brand has announced that the successor of Skoda Rapid will change its name. The company presents new car not as a new generation, but as a successor model. "It is a brand new vehicle that sets new standards in technology, safety and design in this class," said Bernhard Maier, the head of the company ŠKODA.
The visage of the car has implied the Vision RS concept at the Paris Motor Show. As the first Škoda model in Europe will Scala placed lettering SKODA in the middle of the fifth door instead of classical ŠKODA logo. The Scala will be introduced only in one body variant, an extended hatchback.
Company will offer probably a three-cylinder gasoline version and it's almost certain that the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder, not only for gasoline, but also in the version adapted to natural gas (CNG).
It is possible that the car gets a unique hybrid technology combining a CNG engine and an electric motor developed by Škoda engineers.
The completely redesigned instrument panel blends seamlessly with the exciting exterior design. The free-standing display is positioned high up and framed by a design line that echoes the contours of the bonnet; below the display, it also creates an ergonomic wrist rest for operating the touchscreen. The instrument panel’s and door trims’ soft-foam surfaces feature large-scale design textures and a specific new grain. This emulates crystalline structures and will define the ŠKODA brand’s style in future. In typical ŠKODA style, the interior provides a tremendous amount of space.
Rear headroom is the largest in its class. The ŠKODA SCALA boasts the biggest luggage compartment in this segment and SCALA is also best in class in terms of display size.
Thanks to a new generation of ŠKODA Connect mobile online services, passengers will have the option of locking and unlocking the car using their mobile phone and updating the software of the infotainment or maps ‘over the air’. In a first for ŠKODA, all delivered ŠKODA SCALA cars will always be online.
Numerous driver assistance systems, working in combination with a variety of passive safety systems, ensure that the ŠKODA SCALA offers a very high level of safety.
The automaker has been preparing a new production line in Mladá Boleslav for several months.
Škoda cars are currently manufactured in 15 plants, three of which are in the Czech Republic (Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny, Vrchlabí). The company also manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia, Algeria and India, mostly through Concern (group) partnerships or in cooperation with local partners (e.g. in Ukraine and Kazakhstan).