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New family hatch replaces big-selling Rapid in Czech line-up.

Scala will be the name of the new Skoda family hatch model, due to be unveiled before the end of 2018.

The model will replace the Rapid in the Skoda line-up and will be a highly important car for the brand, taking on top-five sellers the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

Scala comes from a Latin word meaning ‘stairs’. According to Skoda, the name has been chosen to signify a step forward for the Czech brand.

Technical details of the car are currently scarce, Skoda so far only releasing silhouette sketches hinting at the exterior styling. The Scala is based on the Vision RS concept seen at this month’s Paris motor show, and will be the first Skoda to use the Volkswagen Group MQB A platform, which also underpins the Volkswagen T-Roc and SEAT Ibiza.

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Vision RS Paris show concept said to inspire look of Scala.

The engine line-up is likely to call upon standard VW Group products, including the latest three-cylinder 1.0-litre units in a range of power outputs and the 1.5-litre version with 150hp. Diesel versions are also likely to be offered but industry sources suggest there are no plans for hybrid or electric variants.

One styling update compared to previous Skodas will see the round badge on the tailgate of the car replaced by Skoda lettering – this change is likely to be replicated on other future models from the brand.

According to Skoda chairman Bernhard Maier, the new Scala opens a new chapter for the brand and will offer a major increase in technology, Skoda taking “several steps forward” in development.

“(The Scala) is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class,” Maier says.

Globally the Rapid has been the second biggest seller for Skoda, beaten only by the Octavia.

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Rear end styling update sees lettering replacing the Skoda badge.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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