Skoda Unveils Updated Scala And Kamiq

In addition to cosmetic changes and feature upgrades, both models ditch diesel.

Two Skoda siblings – Scala and Kamiq – have received their midlife makeovers. Following the standard regime, both feature design tweaks on the outside, feature list enhancements and a change in powertrain options. Based on VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform, the duo will be offered in three trim levels – Essence, Selection and the sporty-looking range-topping Monte Carlo.

On the outside, the refreshed Kamiq and Scala boast redesigned front bumpers, updated grilles, LED fog lamps and new wheel designs up to 18 inches in diameter. The Kamiq also gains a slimmer upper section of the split headlamps. Other changes to the exterior include restyled taillamps, new Skoda lettering and a tweaked rear bumper design.

Skoda has devised six interior variants for the updated Scala and Kamiq. And based on which one the buyer settles for, the cars will boast redesigned seat covers, extended use of recycled materials and additional equipment features. In addition to the cosmetic changes to the interior, the Czech brand has also upped the features list. By default, both models have an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Climatronic system with a “more intuitive control panel” is part of the options list, where you’ll also find Matrix LED headlamps, the navigation package with a 9.2-inch central display, four USB-C ports (45-watt) and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

Both updated models have up to nine airbags to bolster the safety quotient. The duo’s standard safety list for the EU includes Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitor, Lane Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. Other assistance systems on offer include Side Assist, Manoeuvre Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Crew Protect.

The bucket of Skoda’s “Simply Clever” features has also been enhanced with smartphone pockets on the backs of the front seats and a removable box on the central tunnel. Skoda also offers optional extras such as a Virtual Pedal for the electric boot lid and two predefined packages to further improve the practicality.

On the mechanical front, the most significant change is the discontinuation of diesel. The two compact models march on with two TSI engines – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder unit and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder affair. The smaller motor is available in two states – 95hp and 115hp. In the former state, it is available with a 5-speed manual transmission. However, the more powerful version can be had with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG. The same two gearbox options are also available with the larger mill, which outputs 150hp and comes with Active Cylinder Technology. Buyers also have the option to go for the rough road suspension setup (adds 15mm to Scala’s ground clearance) and Sport Chassis Control with two damper settings (lowering Scala and Kamiq by 15mm and 10mm, respectively).

So, there you have it. Skoda’s done a nice job with the refreshed Scala and Kamiq. What’s your take?

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