The new Fabia will arrive in the UK early next year with prices starting from £10,600.
The Fabia, which is Skoda’s second best-selling model after the Octavia, should give the Czech car maker a significant boost in Europe’s vital supermini market. Sales of the current Fabia slipped under the 200,000 mark in last year.
Skoda's Fabia remains under four metres long but is 30mm lower in height and a significant 90mm wider than the outgoing model. This will not only improve cabin space but should also give the car a more planted and contemporary look. A 330-litre boot is offered, some 15 litres larger than the outgoing model's.
Jozef Kaban, Skoda’s chief designer, says the new model marks a decisive shift in the brand’s design language.
“In recent years, Skoda has made a name for itself by producing cars with great functionality and above-average interior space,” he said. “We sense now is the right time to create a stronger connection between the functionality of our cars and an expressive and emotional design.”
Kaban also said Skoda had focused on creating a sportier vehicle and making the design crisper. “The result,” he said, “is a young, fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment.”
The newly re-engineered platform has been modified to accept the VW Group’s latest range of engines and transmissions as well as the most up-to-date safety and infotainment kit. Improvements in structural rigidity should also ensure improved handling and safety.
There will be a brace of EU6-compliant engines, starting with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit used in the VW Up and the Skoda Citigo. Above that is a series of 1.2 turbocharged four-cylinders thought to develop between 89bhp and 109bhp, depending on the state of tune.
The top new Fabia model is expected to be the Greenline diesel. Using a 74bhp 1.4 turbodiesel, it is expected to claim a figure of 82g/km on CO2 emissions with fuel economy of 91mpg. However, even the entry-level 1.0-litre model should offer impressive efficiency thanks to a dry weight of around 980kg.