Skoda Scala and Kamiq Welcome a Refresh, Ditch the Diesel for TSI evo2 Engines

The Czech automaker has prepared a "comprehensive" update for the compact hatchback and subcompact (B segment) crossover SUV that includes an "even more advanced range of assistance systems" and is finally getting rid of the pesky diesel engines.
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Skoda is doing its best to bring a wide assortment of interior and exterior upgrades for the mid-cycle life update – the small family hatchback and the city-oriented SUV model have both been in production since 2019. The successor of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback and the smallest representative of the CUV range (alongside Karoq and Kodiaq, among others) are both riding on the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform variant and were previously teased for the summer introduction.

They are not the only ones coming this year from Skoda, as the company is preparing to release the next-generation Superb and Kodiaq models later this fall. Back to the Scala and Kamiq's nip and tuck, the extended range of assistance systems is mixed with the optional 'Top LED Matrix' headlights coming for the first time on these affordable series.

For the Scala, there's also a reworked grille, slimmer headlights, new aprons, and air curtains, both front and back. For the Kamiq, there is a larger upright grille, new aprons and diffusers, and reworked split headlights. That is about it if you do not count the ritzier look of the hatchback model that gains crystalline LED modules "designed to evoke sparkling little blocks of ice or gemstones."

Still produced at the company's main plant in Mlada Boleslav, the Czech Republic, Skoda has also opted to increase the proportion of sustainable materials in the Scala and Kamiq – which now come with recycled plastics and natural plant fibers plus recycled fabrics for the upholstery, flooring, and foot mats.

The engines, meanwhile, are only available in the gasoline-powered format, with three options from the TSI evo2 family on point for the refreshed models. The base version comes in the form of a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit with 70 kW (94 hp/95 ps) and a five-speed manual transmission. Next arrives the version with 85 kW (114 hp/115 ps) rocking either a six-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Last but not least, there's also a flagship 1.5-liter with 110 kW and 148 hp/150 ps.

Besides a standard suspension, both Scala and Kamiq can be fitted with either a rougher-roads setting (up 15 mm) or a Sport Chassis Control option with dual damper settings. Skoda also premieres a restructured product range, borrowing the fresh Design Selections from the all-electric Enyaq – so the family features Essence, Selections, and Monte Carlo grades from now on. Standard features include an 8-inch Digital Display for the driver and an 8.25-inch Skoda Infotainment display on all models, and the host of Simply Clever features premieres the Virtual Pedal for the optional electric tailgate for both Scala and Kamiq.
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