Skoda has revealed its all-new Scala hatchback, which it hopes will compete with fleet favourite, the Ford Focus, when it is launched next year.
The Czech brand said the new model will enable the brand to take “several steps in development at once and completely reposition itself in the compact car segment.”
According to Skoda, the Scala boasts the largest boot in its sector, while the firm claimed the model sets a new benchmark for safety in the segment. It is the first Skoda to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MBQ A0 platform, which is already used on models such as the Seat Ibiza.
Four engines will be available from launch – two petrol 1.0-litre units in 95hp and 115hp guises, a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol unit and a 115hp 1.6-litre diesel engine, with other engines, including a 90hp 1.0-litre diesel unit to follow.
Efficiency information and prices have not been confirmed at this stage. A CNG version of the Scala is also listed as an option, however, it is unlikely it will reach UK shores.
The interior design of the vehicle is based on the Vision RS concept car and Skoda claimed it has been designed with ergonomics in mind with the surfaces being soft to touch. A virtual cockpit is an optional extra, while as standard, the infotainment system size ranges from 6.5 to 9.2-inches.
Lane Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake come as standard, as does LED lights and an electric tailgate – a first for a Skoda.
Skoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, said: “We are starting a new chapter in Skoda’s compact car range with the new Scala. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design. The Scala perfectly embodies the Skoda-typical ‘smart understatement’. We’re convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A-segment for Skoda.”