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Facelifted Skoda Scala hatchback set for August 1 debut


Skoda releases digital renders of its revised VW Golf-sized hatchback with fresh styling and promises of new tech and luxury

Skoda has unveiled preview sketches of its facelifted Scala with the updated hatchback expected to arrive in Australia next year, with a full reveal set to take place on August 1.

The freshened Scala images have been shown alongside Skoda’s facelifted Kamiq small SUV, with “progressive design and technology enhancements” coming to both.

The facelift comes four years after the Scala hatchback’s introduction, boasting redesigned headlights, radiator grille and front and rear bumpers.

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A look at the 2024 Skoda Scala

New alloy wheels also form part of the mid-life revamp, while tailgate lettering moves to Skoda’s updated corporate identity style.

A Skoda Australia spokesman told Chasing Cars we can expect the facelifted Scala in Australia “In the first half of next year, and most likely about mid-year.”

What can we tell from the digital renderings?

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There are new subtle design differences for the 2024 Scala

Skoda’s released only two images of the facelifted 2024 Scala, and it’s a case of evolution not revolution.

Headlights are slightly slimmer with new LED signature daytime running lights, and extend all the way into the grille. The air intake in the revised lower part of the bumper is divided by sharp body colour side wings.

The same style of wing is seen in the diffuser of a revised rear bumper, which are flanked by “crystalline elements,” while rear lights have a revised graphic design incorporated.

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A 2021 Skoda Scala, for reference

How are Skoda Scala sales going?

While Skoda promises the facelifted Scala will have technology enhancements and features “from higher vehicle classes” it doesn’t go into detail or show any interior images.

No suggestions of any powertrain changes either, but it’s likely Skoda will retain its current petrol line-up of an 85kW/200Nm 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder plus a 110kW/250Nm turbo four-cylinder.  

“The Australian line-up will be confirmed in due course,” the Skoda Australia spokesman said.

Skoda Scala Launch Edition 2021 front end
The 2021 Skoda Scala Launch Edition

Skoda’s Australian sales have been severely impacted by supply issues, but we’re promised 2023 has seen significant improvements.

Regardless, Skoda has shifted a mere 310 Scalas so far this year. This equals a meagre 1 per cent market share in the sub-$40,000 small car segment. Hyundai’s i30 leads the way with 40 per cent share after over 11,000 sales.

The current Skoda Scala Ambition is from $33,490 drive-away, and range-topping Signature from $41,490 drive-away.