Skoda unveils new Fabia
Skoda has revealed its new Fabia, which makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Due to go on sale in early 2015, the third-generation model will use up to 17% fuel than its predecessor and will offer an all-new engine line-up with four petrol and three diesel engines, with a 91.1mpg / 82g/km GreenLine model to join from late 2015, as previously announced. However, according to reports there won’t be a vRS model, but a Monte Carlo version should be offered.
The new model is based on the VisionC show car shown at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Skoda’s head designer Jozef Kabaň said: ‘This new design direction is the next step in the development of our brand and the new Skoda Fabia is the first model to communicate this design language. Drawing on elements of the “Skoda VisionC” design study, the Fabia is more expressive, more dynamic and sportier.’
However, this does not come at the expense of practicality, with Kabaň adding: ‘In spite of all its emotionality, the Skoda Fabia remains more than true to its fundamental virtues and is more spacious, practical, economical and clever than ever before. Despite its more dynamic design, we have increased the space in a number of important areas. The boot is bigger and has the largest capacity in its class, the interior is both wider and longer. In addition, we offer up to 10 new “Simply Clever” solutions, including MirrorLink technology, available in a Skoda vehicle for the first time, to connect a smartphone to the vehicle.’
Kabaň also said that the focus with the third-generation Fabia was on a sportier vehicle that’s a young, fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment.
He explained: ‘Firstly, we have given the car tighter proportions. The new Skoda Fabia is flatter and wider than before, giving it a fuller stance on the road. It also has sharp edges, clear lines and features crystalline design elements. This has allowed us to achieve greater contrast and a very distinctive interplay of light and shadows. All that gives the vehicle a unique and self-assured character.’
There will also be increased customisation options. In total 15 different body colours are available, as well as a special colour concept which offers customers the chance to individually select the colour of the roof, rims and exterior mirrors. The carmaker will also offer three lines and numerous options for the car’s interior.
Prices for the new Fabia are expected to start from £10k.