Skoda are in the process of testing their replacement for the current Rapid, the all-new Skoda Scala. Scala comes from the Latin word meaning ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’, according to the Czech brand this was chosen to represent the model will leap forward in design and technology.
The major change for the new model is it will no longer be offered in two bodystyles like the Rapid, instead Skoda will only be focusing on the hatchback.
The Skoda Scala will also be the first model to receive a new generation of interior with a focus on innovative features to match higher segments. It will also be the first European model to bear the Skoda name in lettering on the back instead of the logo, a move that Skoda has identified as appearing more upmarket.
The model is expected to be released in December, but a prototype version is currently being driven by the world’s media. Autocar has reported “it’s a generous step up from it’s predecessor and will appeal to many hatchback buyers, thanks to its well-designed interior, advanced levels of technology and value for money, all of which will help give it an edge on its many rivals.
The model is likely to take styling from the Skoda Vision RS prototype, which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last month.