Vijay Pattni19 August 2014

It’s the new Skoda Fabia!

Skoda reveals first pics of new Fiesta rival, with claims of better economy and personalisation

This is the new Fabia, and it is the first Skoda model to debut the company's new design language we first saw on the ‘VisionC' concept.

In other words, it's Skoda's attempt at injecting a little character and ‘emotion' into its little supermini. Though it's not that little anymore.

You can expect the full reveal at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, but so far Skoda has told us this new Fabia gets more interior space than before, as well as boasting the largest boot capacity in its class.

The new Fab is also nine centimetres wider overall, but some three centimetres lower than the car it replaces, which should go some way to providing at least a hint of the sportiness the brand promises is inherent in the car's styling DNA.

Though no mention is made of the platform or engine range (expect the VW Group's 1.0-litre three cylinder engine, 1.2-litre TSI and 1.4-litre TDI engines to feature), Skoda tells us the new Fabia is 17 per cent more economical than cars from higher classes.

We do know that a range-topping VRS edition won't be on the cards, however. Skoda's CEO exclusively told Top Gear last year that though buyers liked the design and style of the Fabia VRS, they didn't like the price and running costs.

So, the Fabia will major on personalisation and a design inspired by Skoda's motorsport division. Design chief Jozef Kaban explained how Skoda is "taking steps back to our roots; Skoda has a tradition of building design-orientated cars which are full of emotion, such as the legendary Skoda Popular Monte Carlo in the 1930s.

"We want to live up to these standards today," he added.

We'll have more information before the Fabia's Paris reveal, but, based on these early images: waddyareckon? A worthy Fiesta rival?

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