Skoda, in case you hadn’t noticed, has a completely new model in the works. It’s called the Scala, and it’s set to replace the current Rapid with a more conventional five-door hatchback form. And it’ll soon lift the veil off the finished product. But before it does, it’s been releasing a steady trickle of teasers – like it has with these latest two.
Rather than release photos of the forthcoming new Scala wearing the usual camouflage wrap, the Czech automaker recruited some unique talents to produce these images of the vehicle’s overall exterior shape.
Skoda hired a street artist, who goes only by the name Chemis, to spray-paint the new Scala in graffiti, patterned after the famous wall in front of which it was photographed by noted shutterbug Dave Krugman. The inspiration comes from the Lennon Wall in Prague, a landmark of the Czech capital that stood for freedom and courage over oppression in the Communist era.
That’s all well and fine, but more to the point, the images and video give us our clearest look yet at the soon-to-be-released Scala’s silhouette, with its modern Bohemian design on a C-segment hatchback that Skoda hopes will appeal to a wider audience than the unusual shapes of the Rapid notchback sedan and Rapid Spaceback wagon.
Along with the graffiti campaign, Skoda’s also released a handful of images showing the Scala’s cabin, completely undisguised. And as you can see for yourself, it looks rather clean and modern, with a wood-trimmed dashboard and a 9.2-inch infotainment display perched atop that the automaker says will be “the largest in this vehicle segment.”
Previewed by the Vision RS concept unveiled less than two months ago at the Paris Auto Show, the Scala is set to be unveiled on December 6 in Tel Aviv, of all places, where Skoda and its VW Group sister companies have been investing heavily in transportation-technology startups.