Spy shots reveal Skoda's new Fabia almost entirely undisguised, months ahead of its official debut

The new Skoda Fabia has been spotted almost completely undisguised months ahead of its official debut at the Paris motor show in October.

The pictures show a cleaner, more modern design than the current Fabia, inspired by Skoda’s recent Rapid and Octavia models, particularly in its front and rear end designs. There’s a distinctive shoulder line, sleeker roofline, more heavily creased bodywork, and a subtle lip spoiler.

As the pictures reveal, the new Fabia is similar in length to today’s 4m-long model, but it adopts a longer wheelbase and a small increase in width which is set to improve cabin space and load capacity.

Skoda’s new supermini will sit on a heavily re-engineered version of the platform used by the current car, rather than adopt the shortened version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, known as MQB-A, which is being prepared for the next generation of the VW Polo. The similarities in basic shape between the old and new models can be seen in this test mule.

The current platform is being kept and updated for a number of reasons. It will keep the Fabia as the VW Group’s entry-level supermini. It also will ensure economy of scale, because the modified structure is already being used beneath the Skoda Rapid and Seat Toledo models and it has just been extensively updated for the facelifted Polo.

Skoda says that, while not wanting to alienate traditional Fabia buyers, the new car will be given fresh appeal in its styling and approach. Skoda boss Winfried Vahland has previously told Autocar that the new car will “major on features like connectivity, to give it a more youthful appeal”.

Likely engine options include a pair of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol units and a 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine found in the Citigo could also be offered in the supermini.

Skoda has already confirmed that the vRS model will not be making an appearance in the next-generation Fabia, because the current car has not been a commercial success.

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29 May 2014

How utterly anodyne. It actually looks older than today's model, which has a certain charm about it. VW Group seems to be struggling design wise with their entire portfolio and the brands are becoming far to similar to each other.

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29 May 2014

Is it any wonder the current VRS hasn't been a commercial success? It was launched with the flawed VW 1.4 TSI petrol engine in comparison to the previously successful VRS that was diesel powered. Next we'll be getting told there will be no new Ibiza Cupra when that gets relaunched.

29 May 2014

Seriously Skoda, this looks more dated than the original Fabia. I know some detail is hidden but I can't see any of this 'fresh appeal in its styling' that Skoda talks about. Completely featureless but will fit well in the showroom next to the similarly dull Rapid and Octavia.

29 May 2014

This appears old before it's even launched, how totally drab and uninspired it looks.


29 May 2014

Is Autocar sure this is the new model and they just haven't mixed up the photos. Do VW designers just do face lifts this days? Looking forward to the MK 4 Focus and Mk 7 Astra as at least it'll be something new to look at going on past incarnations.

 

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29 May 2014

Ouch! I hope that's some clever disguising or perhaps Skoda have used Red Dwarf's Kryton as inspiration?

29 May 2014

It is clear to me that contrary to anything I've read, Volkswagen group are trying to nobble Skoda slowly and return it to what it should have been, a la Dacia, and in producing a sensible range of cars, they'll offload the brand to a Chinese manufacturer looking for an established brand.

It looks to me at the moment like VW group could be placing more genuine effort into SEAT than Skoda - the new Leon Cupra for example Vs. the Octavia vRS. In general SEAT looks like the brand that should be thriving.

SEAT were the default brand for people in need of a cheap VW imitation before the launch of the mk 1 fabia and octavia, with the early Toledo from early 90s being very popular as well as the mark 2 ibiza and original cordoba.

29 May 2014
JoeVMcG wrote:

It is clear to me that contrary to anything I've read, Volkswagen group are trying to nobble Skoda slowly and return it to what it should have been, a la Dacia, and in producing a sensible range of cars, they'll offload the brand to a Chinese manufacturer looking for an established brand.

It looks to me at the moment like VW group could be placing more genuine effort into SEAT than Skoda - the new Leon Cupra for example Vs. the Octavia vRS. In general SEAT looks like the brand that should be thriving.

SEAT were the default brand for people in need of a cheap VW imitation before the launch of the mk 1 fabia and octavia, with the early Toledo from early 90s being very popular as well as the mark 2 ibiza and original cordoba.

They should mess with Skoda, they're doing very well in terms of sales and profit.

It's SEAT which needs attention, perhaps they should offload them?

It would be difficult for VAG to offload Skoda anyway as they make the majority of the small engines and gearboxes for the whole group.

29 May 2014

It always amazes me how many people fool for these heavily disguised spy shots of test mules.

Wait for the real thing chaps...

29 May 2014
RSkoda wrote:

It always amazes me how many people fool for these heavily disguised spy shots of test mules.

Wait for the real thing chaps...

Surely this isn't a test mule, rather the forthcoming model with a very few bits of plastic and tape stuck on? Mules are always curent models (with some alterations), but this clearly isnt an existing group vehicle. All the mules I've seen for this Fabia have been in Polo bodyshells.

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