SKODA has introduced the most eco-friendly variant of its new compact model at the CNG Mobility Days event in Berlin which took place on 24/25 June 2019: the SKODA SCALA G-TEC. This natural gas SCALA completes the engine roster for the new compact model, adding a particularly efficient and eco-friendly variant. The 1.0 G-TEC has a peak output of 66 kW (90 PS), with three CNG tanks enabling a range of around 410 kilometres in natural gas mode, according to preliminary data.
Christian Strube, SKODA Board Member for Technical Development, explains: “Natural gas will play a key role in SKODA’s engine portfolio over the coming years in order to lower CO2 emissions. Our natural-gas engines are becoming more and more popular with our customers because of their low emissions. And anyone driving a SKODA SCALA G-TEC will in future also benefit from comparatively low fuel costs in many countries.”
SKODA is building a range of eco-friendly natural-gas models. The new SKODA SCALA G-TEC joins the OCTAVIA G-TEC as the second natural gas model in the SKODA model range. The new SCALA G-TEC is powered by a three-cylinder turbo with a 1.0-litre displacement and an output of 66 kW (90 PS). Its maximum torque of 160 Nm is transmitted via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The SCALA G-TEC is specifically designed for CNG use and complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. CO2 emissions are reduced by around 25% compared to running on petrol, with considerably lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions as well and no particulates.
The SCALA G-TEC comes with three linked steel CNG tanks accommodating 13.8 kilograms of CNG. This enables the compact model to cover around 410 kilometres in the eco-friendly and efficient natural-gas mode. Should the CNG run out, the SCALA will automatically switch to petrol mode, where a nine-litre tank allows it to cover around 220 additional kilometres. As a result, the SCALA G-TEC remains mobile in regions without natural gas filling stations, with a combined range of around 630 kilometres.
Thanks to the clever way the CNG tanks are integrated in the underbody, the SCALA G-TEC has a luggage capacity of 339 litres – a best-in-class value for natural gas vehicles in this segment.