2019 Skoda Scala: all-new family hatchback revealed

The Scala also features all-new interior features including microfibre fabric for the seats and soft foam surfaces for the dashboard trim. The freestanding touchscreen infotainment system can be paired with an optional 10.25in virtual cockpit display in place of traditional instruments, and uses the latest generation software – a first across the entire VW group. The main touchscreen sits on a small 'shelf' for people holding hands while operating it.

It is becoming the first VW group to be connected, with the ability to update over the air and download apps that widen the infotainment system's abilities. It also wants to be among the very first cars with wireless support for Android Car and Apple CarPlay, as well as an option rather than standard equipment. Head of marketing Alain Faey called the Scala a "benchmark in infotainment and productivity", one that would make the trend for the Volkswagen Group rather than follow by example.

The five-seat Scala is 4362mm long, making it marginally longer than the outgoing Rapid Spaceback, with larger 2649mm wheelbase allows for increased legroom. At 467 liters, Skoda says the Scala has the largest boat in the segment. On optional electric tailgate so features.

Other trademark Skoda touches, including an umbrella compartment in the driver's door and ice scraper in the fuel filler cap that doubles as a tire tread depth gauge, make a return.

In the UK, four engines will be offered at launch: two 1.0-liter, three-cylinder petrol with 94bhp or 113bhp, a 1.5-liter, 148bhp four-cylinder petrol and a 1.6-liter, 114bhp diesel. All wants to be powered by five- or six-speed manuals, or a seven-speed DSG automatic. There are currently plans to introduce the plug-in hybrid powertrain previewed by the Vision RS concept.

At optional sports chassis, ride 15mm will lower than the standard car and include four user-adjustable drive modes for a more responsive throttle and steering.