The new Skoda Fabia has broken cover. Due to be unveiled at Geneva in March and to go on sale in May, Skoda says its new supermini is more practical and spacious than both its successful predecessor (1.5 million built, 112,000 sold in the UK), and the class norm. Indeed, it has more rear leg- and headroom than any of its class rivals thanks to increases of 22mm in length and 47mm in height.
There will be seven engine options: four petrol, from 1.2 to the 105bhp 1.6; and three diesel, all TDIs, ranging from 1.4 to 1.9. For the first time, a six-speed Tiptronic transmission is an option. The 1.6 petrol can also come in conjunction with an automatic gearbox.
Other options include electronically controlled Climatronic air-con and an MP3/iPod-compatible stereo. Front side airbags, however, will be fitted as standard. The Fabia’s full UK spec will be made available closer to its national launch in May.
Estate versions will arrive in the UK in January 2008. The production of the current version will continue until then.