A New platform, new size, new name: From the Skoda Rapid grows a large compact with the optics of the study Vision RS. First details about the 2019 Skoda Scala.
Now everything is going very fast. While Skoda is still exhibiting the Vision RS study in Paris Motor Show, it gives the first look at the production version of a new Skoda compact model. The Rapid successor starts already in the first half of 2019 and now shows its silhouette.
It looks very familiar to us. Roof line, spoiler, and lighting seem to take the production car almost unchanged from the study. In the D-pillar, the window becomes smaller than at the fair exhibit. A chrome strip narrows the finish visually. The light indicates that LED lamps are being used.
2019 Skoda Scala Platform
Skoda provides only a few info about the sketch. Meanwhile, there is a name: The new compact model will be called Scala. And Skoda confirms that the successor to the Rapid is based on the modern platform MQB A0. The current model is still based on the old PQ kit.
Its new base shares the Skoda Scala with Seat Ibiza, VW Polo, and Audi A1. Originally the architecture was developed for small cars, but it can be scaled in length. There will be limitations in width. And: The MQB A0 does not allow for all that is common in the larger models.
An all-wheel-drive excludes the platform. Hybrid technology will not come either. But turbo gasoline engine with three and four cylinders. Presumably Skoda Generation donated two more power, currently, there is a maximum of 125 hp. The diesel Skoda will probably delete.
Depending on engine and equipment, we expect five or six-speed manual transmissions, optionally a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 20-inch rims and bad aprons as in the study will not go into production, nor will an RS version.
2019 Skoda Scala Features & Release date
But Skoda will significantly improve infotainment and assistants. The new compact gets many options that could not be implemented in the old platform. Possible would be, for example, a lane detector with steering intervention, an adaptive cruise control, and teilautonomes parking. What goes into the series depends on the positioning of the car.
The 2019 Skoda Scala gets bigger than the current Rapid. In length and space, he will beat the next golf. In width, it is more oriented to the small car. We expect the official premiere this year.