Skoda retailers have opened their order books for the new Skoda Scala hatchback, with prices starting from £16,595.
First deliveries of the Rapid replacement - a rival to the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra - are expected to get underway in the summer.
The new Skoda model, which was unveiled at last month's Geneva Motor Show, will be offered with VW Group’s 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine in 95PS and 115PS guise.
There will also be a 150PS 1.5-litre petrol and a 115PS 1.6-litre diesel.
The range consists of three trim grades: S, SE and SE L.
The entry-level model is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen,
All models also feature front head and side airbags, Front assist, Lane assist, Speed limiter and Emergency call with proactive services.
The mid-range SE model is priced from £18,580 and adds cruise control, rear parking sensors, eight-inch touchscreen and an integrated umbrella.
Priced from £20,380, the range-topping SE L is fitted with Skoda’s new Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, digital cockpit, climate control, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer.
SE L trim Skalas come with 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED rear lights, dynamic indicators and privacy glass on the rear windows.
Inside, the seats are finished with silver Microsuede trims and chrome details on the dashboard, door panelling, gear and handbrake lever.
The new Scala is positioned between the recently updated Fabia and Octavia models in Skoda’s new-look range.
Skoda says it offers sector-best levels of rear headroom.
Its boot capacity of 467 litres (extendable to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded) is also the most accommodating in the sector, the brand claims.
Skoda dealers will also have the opportunity to upsell customers thanks to a range of options.
Among the non-standard items are: panoramic glass roof (£925 inc VAT), an electrically operated boot (£400 inc VAT) and Sport chassis control with drive mode select (£495 inc VAT - SE L only).