Here's the new Skoda Fabia
Straightforward design, generous interior space and the family moustache – the brand-new Fabia has everything we expected
After being spotted wearing minimal camouflage during testing on various occasions, the brand-spanking-new Skoda Fabia has appeared online. And it looks exactly the way we expected it to look.
Led by the VisionC concept unveiled a fairly long time ago, the Fabia sports the crisp family design theme that is now seen on the Octavia: the Skoda moustache grille up front, a tornado line that stretches along the sides to merge with the glass art-inspired tail-lamps, the angled kinks on the bootlid, all of which add to a very clean, to-the-point appearance. In fact, it looks very much like an Octavia that never grew up.
It's grown wider by 90 millimetres, but height has gone down by 30 millimetres. Despite the fair increase in size, the new Fabia weighs 65 kilos less than the version it replaces, with the base-spec model weighing in at just 980kg.
Interior details are scarce, but Skoda says that the Fabia will better the outgoing car on the interior space front, and that it'll have class-leading boot space.
As far as engines go, the Fabia will be offered with three - a 1.0-litre 3cyl petrol, a 1.2-litre 4cyl petrol, and a 1.4-litre, 3cyl turbo-diesel. The most powerful petrol motor will be a 109bhp TSI, while the diesel will be available in three states of tune, with the least powerful unit putting out 74bhp, and the strongest churning out 103bhp.
A five-speed manual should come standard on the three-cylinder models, with the 7-speed dual-clutch auto 'box being offered on the four-pot Fabia.
Now, we don't expect Skoda to bring this to India in a hurry. When it does eventually arrive (which could be as late as late-2015), it will share engines and gearboxes with the Volkswagen Polo, and will be positioned just under its German cousin in terms of price.
How do you like the new Fabia, dotcommers?