With good reason, some are wondering what use Scala is when Skoda has made the Fabia so much bigger than its predecessor. However, the Czechian Golf is still bigger than a supermini without clashing with the Octavia. Additionally, automaker Mladá Boleslav has canceled the Fabia Combi, so those who want a lot of cargo area should get the Scala. As this spy shot proves, a mid-cycle facelift is on its way.
Oddly enough, the Skoda doesn’t hide the headlights and taillights, simply because these are borrowed from the current Scala. The front and rear fascia are covered to hide what we think is a slightly modified bumper. Sensors affixed to the wheels indicate the car is equipped with new hardware that needs to be monitored before putting the compact hatchback into production.
A closer look at the prototype shows the lid on the driver’s door lock missing, while the rear seats carry some extra weight to simulate the weight of two passengers. Speaking of the cab, hiding behind the gray tape are some of the wires that go inside the rear compartment. You can see it near the bottom corner of the back door.
Of course the Scala facelift won’t rock the boat as Skoda will refrain from making its C-segment hatch more sophisticated as it will clash with the more luxurious Golf. Even though the car was previewed by the hot Vision RS concept, we’re not holding our breath for the RS version to join the Rally Sport Octavia and Kodiaq.
Some people will remember there is a spicy Scala out there, the S Edition developed by Skoda Germany in collaboration with ABT. It offers 190 horsepower and 290 Newton-meters (214 pound-feet) of torque or an additional 40 hp and 40 Nm (30 lb-ft) over the regular 1.5 TSI model. Only 500 were made and these came with a lower ride height thanks to a stiffer suspension.
Also ruled out is a plug-in hybrid powertrain as Skoda has said on several occasions only the Octavia and Superb will come as PHEVs because they are popular with fleet buyers.