11-02-2019

Skoda Scala Showcased

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Skoda Scala to bethe first car to be based on the MQB AO platform: Heres what you need to know

  • Skoda premiered their first MQB AO platform based vehicle; the Scala in December 2018
  • The Scala will be based on the design language of the VISION RS concept
  • The interior will feature a 9.2- inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch display that can be configured with the Virtual Cockpit, wireless internet and voice/ gesture commands
  • Internationally, the Scala will be offered in three power-trains: a 1.0-litre Tsi, 1.5-litre Tsi and a 1.6-litre Tdi engine, our guess for India would be the 1.0 litre Tsi to come first followed by the 1.6 litre Tdi.
  • Safety equipment gets a new shade of upgrade with features such as six airbags, emergency
  • braking and active parking assist
  • The rear tailgate is semi frame-less glass design, something similar first seen in Honda Brio in India

    We aren't fans of the floating centre screen, though this is becoming a rage globally now, but this one, looks well fit and well proportioned

    Though Skoda has been tight-lipped about this one, but sources in the industry claim that it could be late 2019 to early 2020 in India, as per their Vision 2020 plan. Honestly, Skoda should not consider bringing this car to India. Our fascination for bigger cars or definitions of bigger cars are, cars with boot. Hence the birth of sub 4 meter sedans.

    Everyone from early 2000’s have tried to crack this by getting bigger and better hatchbacks, point in case from Chevrolet SRV, to the most recent VW GTi. But everyone failed miserably. In fact, interestingly Fiat was considering getting the Bravo to India, but they dropped that plan midway.

    Dimensions wise, this car is as broader, wider and lengthier as the current generation Honda City. That effectively means, the taxes are going to be higher. Putting powerful engines, anything upwards of 1.5 litre, again attracts higher duties. Means, this car, if launched in India, cannot sit at 9 to 10 lacs ex-showroom. Therefore hypothetically it would be anywhere between 14 to 15 lacs ex-showroom to manage the costs and earn some revenue. At this price point, the sethji buying the car is definitely going to ask the question to the SA- “Dikki nahi hain?

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