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New Skoda Scala drops the boot badge

Skoda Scala

Skoda plans for turbocharged petrol engines to dominate the Scala line-up when it adds the new hatchback to its range in 2019.

A three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI in 95 and 115PS forms will be joined by a 1.5-litre TSI with 150PS. The range also includes a sole 1.6TDI turbodiesel with 115PS.

Scala will slot into the range between the Fabia supermini and the Octavia family car. It replaces the Rapid.

It is the first Skoda production vehicle in Europe to bear ‘Skoda’ in block lettering across its tailgate instead of the traditional rear badge.

Standard kit includes LED headlights and tail lights, and options include adaptive cruise control and park assist, dynamic rear indicators, sport chassic control and a virtual cockpit with a 10in digital display, depending on the model.

Skoda also claims to provide first-in-segment optional equipment such as rear side airbags and electric tailgate and retractable tow bar.

Skoda chief executive Bernhard Maier said: “We are starting a new chapter in Skoda’s compact car range with the new Skoda 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’.”

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