The Skoda Fabia estate will be given a facelift in a little over a year and these spy pictures provide a glimpse of the changes that will be applied to the 2018 model.
Shown during testing in the Alps, this development car wears light camouflage to hide a new grille, adjusted headlights and redesigned bumpers.
This test car’s lower grille also has a honeycomb pattern, rather than the slatted design of the current production car.
Powering the facelifted Fabia will be a largely unchanged engine line-up, but Skoda is expected to swap the incumbent 1.2 TSI engine for a 113bhp 1.0-litre TSI, as first seen on the Octavia.
The turbocharged unit will join two other three-cylinder engines in the 2018 Fabia’s line-up, but these options – currently available in 59bhp and 74bhp guises – are naturally aspirated and as such sit at the bottom of the range.
Additionally, the 2018 car will gain more driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, lane assist and an intelligent park assistant. This technology already features on the Octavia, and the fitment of a camera on this Fabia estate development car suggests it’s being tested for the Fabia.
Given that the current Fabia is barley two years old, it’s unlikely that the facelift will go on sale before the close of 2017. However, it could be revealed at the end of next year a few months ahead of order books opening.
Like the current car, the estate model will sit above the regular hatch in the Fabia range. The starting figure for both body shapes isn’t expected to change dramatically from their £10,750 and £12,630 opening figures of today.
The Fabia estate's arch rival in the UK market will be the Ford Focus estate. The next-generation version of that car - in both hatch and estate guise - will arrive a few months after the Fabia in 2018.