Skoda Scala revealed as VW Golf and Ford Focus rival

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Scala was the first model of the Czech brand, for which a software upgrade or, for example, new maps Navigator will be automatically downloaded through the cloud service.

On the outside, the new hatchback borrows many of its features from the Vision RS Concept that debuted in Paris this fall.

Visually, the new Scala can sit on 15- or 16-inch steel wheels, but high-spec models get aero-optimised 16- to 18-inch wheels.

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. But unlike the Golf, the Scala is based on the new MQB-A0 platform also found in the new gen Polo and VW T-Roc.

The Scala also gets the option of an electric tailgate and features Skoda's wealth of Simply Clever features, which includes an umbrella compartment (and umbrella) stored in the driver's door. This is electrically unlocked at the push of a button in the boot.

The Scala measures 4,362 mm long, 1,793 mm wide and 1,471 mm tall and has a 2,649 mm wheelbase.

There are three petrol engines available: a 70kW/175Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder with a five-speed manual, a more powerful 85kW/200Nm version of that engine, and a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system can be paired with an optional 10.25-inch virtual cockpit display in place of traditional dials. Although that figure increases to 1,410 with the rear seats folded down.

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Top-end models have 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.

A three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI in 95 and 115PS forms will be joined by a 1.5-litre TSI with 150PS. The diesel engine will be a 1.6 TDI with 115 PS and 250 Nm.

Five- and six-speed manuals and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be offered, depending on the powerplant.

An optional sport chassis will see ride height reduce by 15mm compared to the standard auto and includes four user-adjustable drive modes for more responsive throttle and steering.

In terms of safety, the Scala is said to be one of the safest vehicles in the segment.

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.

Bolstering the technological side of the Scala are standard fit lane assist and front assist (autonomous emergency braking) as well as the longer-range side assist and adaptive cruise control and optional full-LED adaptive headlights and multi-collision braking.

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