New Fabia spotted performance testing at the Nürburgring, ahead of an expected reveal at the Paris motor show in October

The new Skoda Fabia has been spotted testing for the first time ahead of UK sales at the start of next year. The new Fabia is expected to make its world debut at the Paris motor show in October.

The new Fabia will sit on a heavily re-engineered version of the platform used beneath the current car, rather than adopt the shortened version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform known as MQB-A being prepared for the next-gen VW Polo.

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

As these spy pictures reveal, the new Fabia is similar in length to today’s four-metre-long model but adopts a longer wheelbase and a small increase in width to improve cabin space and load capacity.

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 previously told Autocar that the new car will "major on features like connectivity, to give it a more youthful appeal".

As such Skoda designers have been briefed to give the Fabia a less dowdy appearance and more customisable options in its next-generation, although the look of the new car won’t deviate much from the Rapid and Octavia models, as the mule caught testing at the Nurburgring reveals. 

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

The firm has already confirmed that the vRS model will not be making an appearance in the next-generation Fabia as the current car had not been a commercial success. 

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18 March 2014
Heavens! Not more bloat from Central Europe?

21 May 2014
Flatus senex wrote:

Heavens! Not more bloat from Central Europe?

Oh dear, your relentless VW trolling continues.....give it a break Flatus, aka Paul Hitch.

21 May 2014
skorob wrote:
Flatus senex wrote:

Heavens! Not more bloat from Central Europe?

Oh dear, your relentless VW trolling continues.....give it a break Flatus, aka Paul Hitch.

Oh dear your relentless promotion of the VW party line continues. Bloat is not confined to the VW group and I never claimed it was. For example the new, larger, Mini still has less luggage space than the VW Up!

18 March 2014
When they say new do they mean very slightly diffent from the last shape. Very cheap try Mr VW

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

18 March 2014
........ as it will be based on a new platform and all new versions of the engine and with it being wider, lower and longer with styling cues from the last few new models, it would seem to mean "new" in all senses of the word - rather than what your rather cynical view might imply.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

18 March 2014
ordinary bloke wrote:

........ as it will be based on a new platform and all new versions of the engine and with it being wider, lower and longer with styling cues from the last few new models, it would seem to mean "new" in all senses of the word - rather than what your rather cynical view might imply.

That'll be why I put the word "shape" in my post, even you with your strange motives have to agree the shape is virtually the same. Please re-read and think a bit harder before you object to other people valid views.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

20 May 2014
I can't imagine why you ascribe "strange motives" to me - I was merely commenting on your post which seemed to imply that you thought the car would not be wholly new, which it obviously is. As for the shape being similar I would have thought itr strange if it had no relationship to any other cars in the Skoda range or indeed the model it was replacing. Perhaps in future you should word your posts more carefully.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

18 March 2014
Flatus Senex and xxxx are handles that give a good idea as to the character of these Autocar readers - Hoi polloi.

Flatus Senex is obviously a complete mental case - unable to make an educated comment - merely derogatory about a part of the world about which he knows little,

xxxx has rarely made an interesting comment on this forum, and shows his blinkered views by referring to Skoda as a VW. Skoda is a brand that before WWII, manufactured quality cars. The Czechs have a history of producing high quality products in a variety of engineering fields.

The Skodas of the communist era were the subject of many jokes - but not in the 21st century, where their UNIQUE (NOT VW) packaging has won both universal praise and top awards in the motoring industry.

The new Fabia may not appeal to some, but take note, that when this car is first reviewed, it will probably surprise in its packaging and dynamic capabilities.

VW may own the majority shares in Skoda but there remains a definitive gene that defines each of its vehicles as a Skoda and not a VW.

Buck up guys, and produce some interesting and well researched comments.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

18 March 2014
RPrior wrote:

Flatus Senex and xxxx are handles that give a good idea as to the character of these Autocar readers - Hoi polloi.

Flatus Senex is obviously a complete mental case - unable to make an educated comment - merely derogatory about a part of the world about which he knows little,

xxxx has rarely made an interesting comment on this forum, and shows his blinkered views by referring to Skoda as a VW. Skoda is a brand that before WWII,.

Nice that you remembered me and you still bear a grudge that I didn't agree with you in the past. Oh I still think this Fabia looks like the last one and VW have a major say in the Skoda model range. Still that's mine opinion so to upset you.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

18 March 2014
By people who lose their temper and resort to vulgar personal abuse certainly.

The article refers to the new model as having larger external dimensions than the present one. Not a good development nor confined to any one maker or group. However with talk of car parking spaces having to be increased in size to cope with ever larger vehicles and garages getting no bigger it is something which needs to be highlighted.

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