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Skoda Rapid replacement revealed, the 2019 Scala

Skoda Rapid replacement revealed, the 2019 Scala

The Scala also comes with the "Skoda" text written on the back, in place of the company logo (first Skoda model to offer this).

The new auto debuts what Skoda calls a "more emotional" design language, and takes design cues from the Vision RS concept that was displayed at the Paris motor show earlier this year.

Skoda's now-trademark hexagon grille appears on the all-new Scala, with an extended gloss black panel appearing at the rear to give an impression of a longer rear window.

The new Scala wears a first sample of Skoda's new design language which includes the Skoda lettering on the tailgate (we've seen that on the new Ford Focus as well) as well as interior styling cues inspired by the VISION RS concept. Some of the styling cues that are shared with the concept include the optional all-glass rear window, which replaces a more traditional tailgate and features the word "Skoda" written out in place of a logo (the manufacturer's first vehicle to do so). The full panoramic glass roof with electrically retractable sunblind is optional.

Measuring 4362mm long, 1793mm wide, 1471mm tall, and riding on a 2649mm wheelbase, the Scala is larger in every way than the Rapid it replaces. The Scala hatchback also comes with a 9.2-inch modular touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit customisable between five different views. Skoda also claims that the Scala's 467-litre boot is the biggest in its segment.

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The Skoda Scala will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines including a 94-114 BHP 1.0-TSi, a 148 BHP 1.5-TSi and a 114 BHP / 250 Nm 1.6 TDi.

Higher-specced models are equipped with an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system. The new hatchback will get a single diesel powertrain option, in the form of a 113bhp, 1.6-litre motor. While the 1.0-litre TSI engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, all other variants come with a 6-speed transmission and a 7-speed DSG is also made available to these models. Gearbox options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The Sport chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard, and on selection of the Sport mode on the Sport Chassis Control further stiffens up the suspension.

A notable design trait is the the large rear windscreen with wide Skoda lettring, a look which should make its way into more of the brand's cars. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design.

Safety features include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, park assist and front assist including autonomous emergency braking.

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