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New Skoda Scala: a peek inside new Czech hatchback

Published: 07 November 2018

► All-new Skoda Scala hatch
► Uses Vision RS design cues
► Coming by the end of 2018

Goodbye Rapid, hello Scala. Skoda's new small family hatch is coming and has teased more details ahead of its official debut on 6 December in Tel Aviv.

The latest info is about the interior, with Skoda dropping a teaser image of how the cockpit will look on the production model. Skoda's new infotainment system will make its debut here, with a large central touchscreen mounted higher up on the dashboard, fitted to look like it's free-standing.

Skoda also promises premium materials used inside, with 'crystalline' elements sprinkled in, and optional digital dials with 'the biggest display in its class.'

Check out our prototype drive of the new Skoda Scala

It’ll also use design and interior inspiration from the Vision RS Concept car that debuted at the 2018 Paris motor show. The brand says that it will be the first European model to wear the Skoda name in letters on the tailgate, rather than just as a badge, and the accompanying image shows a very similar glass tailgate lip to that of the now outgoing Rapid Spaceback.

Skoda Scala tailgate

The new Scala will use the VW Group’s A0 MQB platform – the same underpinnings used by the Seat Ibiza along with VW’s Polo and T-Roc, for example. ‘Scala’ in Latin means ‘stairway’ or ‘ladder’, with Skoda cleverly pointing out that the new car will be a part of the brand’s efforts to ‘scale new heights’.

Skoda’s chairman of the board, Bernhard Maier, said: ‘we are proposing a new chapter in the compact class of Skoda. It is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class.’

We’ll find out more about the new Skoda Scala hatchback soon.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches