First glimpse of refreshed Škoda Scala and Škoda Kamiq

Škoda Auto has released the first official exterior sketches previewing the refreshed versions of its Scala compact model and Kamiq city SUV. Both models have progressive design and technology enhancements as well as features from higher vehicle classes. The new Scala and Kamiq will be celebrating their digital world premieres on 1 August.

The Skoda Scala and the Skoda Kamiq are ready for an update after four years since the start of their initial manufacturing runs. Each model's distinctive features are brought to light by advancements in technology and exterior design, such as the dynamic appeal of the Scala and the rugged appearance of the Kamiq. Both now have new grilles, front and rear aprons, and headlights. The makeover is tastefully finished with new alloy wheels and tailboard branding in keeping with Skoda's revised CI.

Slimmed-down headlights and aprons with side wings for the Scala

The Scala’s slimmer headlights extend all the way to the grille, underscoring the car’s dynamic allure. The air intake in the new front apron is divided by additional side wings. Painted in the body colour, these are also found in the diffuser on the revised rear apron, which is flanked by crystalline elements. The tail lights now feature a new and more refined graphic design.

Enhanced SUV presence for the Kamiq

The upgraded Kamiq is now more visually appealing. The upper portion of the distinctive split headlights is now more prominent and thinner. The characteristic double slats in the Skoda grille's bigger, more vertical design form a U-shape at the bottom. The vehicle's width is highlighted in the front apron by a painted area below the grille and an air intake, which are joined by a robust silver diffuser that offers underbody protection. The rear diffuser is made up of a broad upper piece in black and a tough lower section in silver. The split tail lights' updated L-shaped lighting design harmonises aesthetically with the reflectors' L-shaped design.

Crew Protect Assist: Škoda's added layer of protection offers further reassurance to drivers

Occupant safety has been a cornerstone of Škoda’s approach to design and development for more than 125 years. Over the decades, the brand has been passionate about making advanced safety systems available and within reach of all car buyers. These include Crew Protect Assist, which is now available across Škoda’s Scala, Kamiq, Karoq, Superb, Kodiaq and Enyaq ranges.

As provisional UK road casualty figures for 2022 show, the need for intelligent, fast-acting safety systems is as important as ever. Figures released by the Department for Transport show that there were 15 traffic collision casualties every hour in Great Britain in 2022 with more than 136,000 road casualties over the course of the year1.

Škoda’s Crew Protect Assist was first introduced in 2013 on the Octavia and is now available on Scala, Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb and Enyaq ranges. The system, which was once the preserve of premium and luxury cars, works with a vehicle’s radar and stability control systems to react to an impending collision.

As its name implies, Crew Protect Assist ensures that vehicle occupants receive the highest levels of protection available in the case of an accident. Assuring that all occupants are in the proper positions to take advantage of the vehicle's various safety measures, such as airbags, is essential to lowering the chance of injury in a crash. Crew Protect Assist responds to inputs from the radar and stability systems of the car to do this. The driver's and passenger's seatbelts are automatically pre-tensioned by Crew Protect Assist, limiting any potential movement in the event of an impact.

The system also engages with the Electronic Stability Control to partially close any open windows, leaving a 5cm gap, and fully close the panoramic sunroof to prevent foreign objects entering the vehicle and causing injuries.