2019 Skoda Scala interiorThe new Skoda Scala is the first car from the Czech brand to feature its new interior design concept – and newly-released images of the new family hatchback’s cabin suggest it’s a good-looking one.

The new interior sees Skoda switch from built-in infotainment screens to a free-standing touchscreen in the middle of the dash. This takes away the visual ‘bulk’ of the interior and makes it seem airier.

It also allows Skoda to fit infotainment screens up to 9.2 inches in size – the largest in the family hatchback sector, it says.  

2019 Skoda Scala interior

The screen is integrated into a surround that mirrors the lines of the bonnet. It has a ‘wrist rest’ too, to steady fingers when tapping away at the screen on the move.

Skoda’s head of design, Norbert Weber, promises new colours and materials for the interior as well. “Its premiere in the Scala marks the beginning of a new brand identity for Skoda, which is as emotive as it is functional.”

2019 Skoda Scala interior

Neat details include a new grain texture for the dashboard and front door trims, which “emulates crystalline structures and will define the Skoda brand’s style in the future”.

There’s a clever design trick to make the interior feel wider and more spacious, too: the outermost air vents extend deep into the doors.

Skoda will reveal the new Scala on Wednesday evening: come back to Motoring Research to see more of the car with which it hopes to take on the Ford Focus (and, of course, the Volkswagen Golf).