Skoda’s all-new compact hatchback, the Scala, will be available to test drive in Ireland from June 15, just in time for a 192 plate.
Starting from €23,650, the Scala comes with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel, including a 1.0 TSI 115bhp, a 1.5 TSI 150bhp and a 1.6 TDI 115bhp diesel, available with both manual and DSG automatic transmissions.
A lower powered 1.0 TSI 95bhp petrol unit will come to market at a later date.
An introductory 1.9 per cent PCP is also being offered by Skoda.
The Scala is the successor to the Skoda Rapid that concluded production earlier this year. While the Rapid was offered in saloon and hatchback body styles, the Scala is exclusively offered as a hatchback.
The Scala measures 4.4 metres in length, increasing interior space particularly for rear seat passengers. Boot capacity is not sacrificed with 467 litres of capacity with unfolded seats.
The Scala will be the first brand in the Volkswagen Group to receive the third and most advanced generation of infotainment systems known internally as MIB3. The benefits of the new MIB3 units include a much cleaner cock-pit as former infotainment, and air-conditioning buttons move to controls operating from 6.5, 8.0 or 9.2 inch colour touch screens.
Other benefits include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless phone charging capability.
The Scala comes with the use of USB-c ports for superior phone charging and data transfer capabilities, as well as built-in SIM cards offering access to Skoda Connected Services. Emergency Call functionality is offered as standard equipment.
The Scala will be initially offered with ‘Ambition’ and ‘Style’ specifications with an ‘Active’ entry version to be added by year-end. The Ambition equipment includes 16 inch alloy wheels; Dynamic rear LED indicators, air-conditioning and a 6.5 inch colour touch screen unit.
The ‘Image Package’, which consists of the glass rear fifth door or tailgate, will be provided as standard from Ambition. The Style model receives 17 inch alloy wheels and full LED headlights as well as the Bolero eight inch infotainment unit.
Commenting at the launch of the Scala, Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product, said: “We are very excited about the launch of the new Scala. The Skoda brand has tremendous momentum in Ireland with the brand entering the top-five best-selling brands for the first time. We are confident the new Scala will fuel further success. The product is priced competitively with excellent exterior design and quality interiors.”