Facelifted Skoda Scala spied ahead of 2023 launch

Skoda Scala will soon get a mid-cycle refresh, with a new front end and redesigned LED headlights

Skoda is readying the Scala hatchback for its facelift. The updated family hatchback will go on sale in 2023, sporting a redesigned front-end and spec changes to keep it competitive with the Volkswagen Golf and the upcoming replacement for the Vauxhall Astra.

Styling updates seem to be few and far between and look limited to the camouflaged areas of this prototype in our spy shots. There’s a reshaped front bumper with new vertical intakes, new-look LED headlights and a redesigned rear end with updated tail-lights.

We’re expecting changes to be minimal on the inside, with the current car’s eight-inch and 9.2-inch infotainment systems being carried forward to the new model. However, the entry-level car’s 6.5-inch screen could be dropped from the line-up.

Peering through the windows of this prototype, we can see a slightly reshaped dashboard – but the instruments and steering wheel look identical to the current car. It’s likely Skoda will also update the upholstery to keep the cabin looking fresh.

The engine line-up won’t change over the current model. The Scala is offered with a range of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines, all of which now power the all-new Fabia supermini too, so it seems likely that Skoda isn’t planning to kill the engines off any time soon. Like the Fabia, as the Scala sits on the brand’s MQB A0 platform, hybrid drive also isn’t expected.

The cheapest Scala will feature a 94bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, above which there’ll be a 114bhp version of the same unit. At the top of the line-up, there’ll be a 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol option.

Diesel power could survive on the Scala range, too – but don’t expect any innovation. It’ll be the same 114bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine as the current car, and should be offered with either a manual or an automatic gearbox.

Now click here to read our review of the Scala’s smaller sibling, the all-new Fabia…

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