The all-new Skoda Scala is inching closer to its full unveiling, with the Czech brand today revealing the new interior treatment for its Corolla-battling hatchback.
And while the recently released camouflaged exterior image hinted at the fact the Scala will borrow its styling from the brand's Vision RS concept car, there's no such ambiguity with the interior sketch.
"The new compact model showcases emotional interior design language previewed by Vision RS concept. This marks the first time this emotive design has been translated into a...production model," says Skoda, with the brand also promising the biggest boot in the small-car class, at 467 litres.
Rest assured, we're almost certainly looking at the most expensive variant here, but the technology on offer looks impressive. The Scala will get access to the VW Group's Virtual Cockpit, a cracking piece of technology that debuted in Audi product. In the Skoda's case, it replaces the instruments in the driver's binnacle with a 10.25-inch screen, which then pairs with a 9.2-inch central infotainment screen.
The Virtual Cockpit is listed as an option internationally, so we'll have to wait and see what specification arrives as standard when the Scala makes it to Australia next year.
Continuing the tech theme, the Scala also gets the Skoda Connect suite of online services, meaning you can lock or unlock the car using your mobile phone, and you can update the software of infotainment settings over the air, with Skoda saying its newest hatchback will be constantly online.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there's new soft-touch materials for the doors, including a "crystalline" grain that will feature in all future Skoda product. Suedia microfibre seats are available (though likely as an option), and ambient interior lighting will appear somewhere in the range, too.
The Scala is 4362mm long, 17892mm wide and 1471mm high, and it rides on a 2649mm wheelbase, which Skoda says allows for the same amount of rear knee room as the bigger Octavia. The Czech brand is also claiming best-in-class rear headroom and luggage space, the latter of which will expand to 1410 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
The new hatchback, built on the VW Group’s MQB platform, will launch into one of Australia's most hotly contested segments - one currently dominated by the Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Volkswagen Golf.
The Scala will be revealed in full on December 6, and is expected in Australia before the end of 2019.
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