Next Fabia on the road
28 November 2006

Skoda's running flat out developing the new Fabia, as these spy shots reveal.

Caught testing outside Skoda's factory at Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic, this lightly disguised car is clearly not far from production-ready.

Up front, the car's headlights and black A-pillars mimic those of the Roomster MPV. The rear's less adventurous, but it's clear that Skoda wants the design of this crucial model to appeal to a younger market than before. The roofline, with a curved front, is reminiscent of the Suzuki Swift's brow.

The new Fabia is due to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next spring, before going on sale later in the year.

Despite an expanding product line-up – including the possibility of a sub-Fabia MPV, hinted at in the Joyster concept car shown at this year's Paris motor show – the Fabia is crucial to Skoda. Along with the original Octavia, it helped turn the Czech firm from laughing stock to blue-chip stock.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again