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Skoda says the Scala - which is Latin for stairs or ladder - will be the first model from its stable to be always online, and it will come with various tech goodies, including a Remote Access function that allows owners to lock or unlock the vehicle remotely.

Skoda says the Scala paves the way for a fresh design language we'll be seeing more of in the years to come.

The new auto - SCALA means "ladder" or "stairs" in Latin they tell me - is due in Ireland next June so it will make it for the 192-reg plate season.

Dimensions-wise, the Scala boasts an overall length of 4,362 mm, width of 1,793 mm, height of 1,471 mm and a healthy 2,649 mm wheelbase. The Scala will rival Volkswagen's Golf.

Official pricing and spec levels for the SCALA will be released in March
Official pricing and spec levels for the SCALA will be released in March

The Scala - whose name, fact fans, comes from the Latin for "ladder" - marks a bit of a design revolution for Skoda, featuring a prominent, aggressive grille and the Skoda name spelt out across its boot lid. The boot has an electric tailgate opening and closing function. The model is nearly 2 meters wide (1,988mm with mirrors), has a 2,649mm wheelbase and measures 4,362mm from bumper to bumper.

Under the bonnet the Scala gets the choice of three petrol engines and a single diesel, with the latter being the familiar 1.6 TDI with 115PS. "This touchscreen infotainment system offers easy viewing both for driver and front passenger while there is also an optional Virtual Cockpit with a 10.25" display. Three trim levels will be available in the United Kingdom market with features like a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system.

Step up to the 1.5 TSI and you'll be rewarded with 148 bhp in the same six-speed manual / seven-speed dual clutch, much like the 1.6-litre diesel rated at 113 bhp. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc. There will be three petrol options starting with a 95PS 1.0 TSI, a 115PS version of the same motor and going up to a 1.5 TSI with 150PS. The entry-level petrol engine will be a 1.0 L TSI engine with two different outputs - 95 PS & 175 Nm and 115 PS & 200 Nm. The Sport chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard, and on selection of the Sport mode on the Sport Chassis Control further stiffens up the suspension. Skoda Scala is positioned on the MQB A0 platform. It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design.

In addition to all this, Skoda has also equipped the Scala will various driver assists and safety features including Multi-Collision Braking, blind-spot detecting Side Assist, adaptive cruise control, city emergency braking, etc.

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