Say hello to the new Skoda Scala
We're in Tel Aviv, Israel to watch Skoda's all-new compact car reveal
After much hype Skoda has finally revealed its all-new compact car, named Scala. Unveiled to the world at an event in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Czech firm hopes the hatchback will be hugely popular, calling it a "big leap" on from the Rapid.
Skoda has high hopes for the Scala, and expects it to double its sales in this segment, where the Rapid has been selling up to 200,000 models per year.
The exterior styling is as you'd expect, with Skoda's typical angular styling present if a little toned down compared with what we're used to. However, inside there's a more obvious update. The car is longer, wider and lower than before, with the result being that the cabin can be much more spacious than you might expect from a car in this segment.
Connectivity is the name of the game, and Skoda has invested heavily here, teaming up with start-ups in Israel to offer customers a better user experience. For example, the Scala is always online, so apps can be downloaded for the infotainment system at any time. A large, 9.2-inch touchscreen also dominates the interior.
There will be five engines available, with four variations of a 1.0-litre petrol unit, and a compressed natural gas engine coming next year.
The compact car segment is a huge market, and Skoda will hope that its youth-orientated focus will make it a major player here. Will the Scala hit the mark? Let us know what you think below...