Skoda has confirmed preliminary specs for the next-generation Fabia supermini, together with the automotive’s platform, engine vary and cabin options. The completed automotive will likely be unveiled this spring with gross sales set to start out in summer time. Costs ought to start at round £15,500.
The following Skoda Fabia will likely be primarily based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 structure, which is similar platform that underpins the model’s the Scala household hatchback, in addition to the Ibiza and Polo superminis from sister manufacturers SEAT and VW.
Consequently, the brand new automotive will likely be barely bigger than its predecessor, measuring 4,107mm lengthy, 1,780mm vast and 1,460mm tall. Its wheelbase may even develop by 94mm to 2,564mm, boosting practicality within the course of.
Skoda says this has unlocked an additional 50 litres of boot area, taking the Fabia’s most capability to 380 litres. Just like the Scala, which is barely bigger than the Volkswagen Golf, the Fabia will likely be bigger than the Polo, with Skoda concentrating on patrons who need the compact dimensions of a supermini blended with the practicality of a automotive from the category above.
The brand new underpinnings will carry Volkswagen’s newest powertrains with them, as patrons will likely be provided a spread of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines. The entry-level MPI variants go with out turbocharging, providing both 64bhp or 79bhp. Skoda additionally says that the previous engine generates 5bhp greater than the previous Fabia base mannequin.
Skoda may even supply two turbocharged variations of the identical 1.0-litre engine, with outputs of 94bhp and 108bhp. The previous will likely be mated to a five-speed gearbox as commonplace, whereas the latter will characteristic a six-speed guide – though a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission will likely be provided as an elective additional.
Volkswagen’s 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine may even make an look, albeit solely with a seven-speed computerized gearbox. It’s additionally equally conceivable that higher-end Fabias might use the identical mild-hybrid expertise discovered on the most recent Golf and Octavia.
Engineers throughout the totally different Volkswagen manufacturers have been engaged on cheaper 12V methods that could possibly be provided alongside its 48V configurations. There aren’t any plans for a plug-in model of the automotive, although, because the complexity, price and compromises concerned in packaging a battery right into a small automotive just like the Fabia stay prohibitive.
Skoda can be eager to emphasize the security advantages of the brand new platform, claiming enhancements to each lively and passive security methods. The platform performs higher in crash assessments than the Fabia’s previous PQ26 underpinnings, and patrons will get 9 airbags, three seats with ISOFIX factors and park help.
Volkswagen’s semi-autonomous Journey Help system may even make an look on the Fabia for the primary time, bringing with it adaptive cruise management, lane-keep help and an elective blind spot detection system. Site visitors signal recognition and Skoda’s new manoeuvre help expertise may even characteristic, with the latter system utilizing sensors to detect obstacles across the automotive, robotically making use of the brakes if required.
New Skoda Fabia: ‘Merely Intelligent’ options
Like all Skodas, the fourth-generation Fabia will characteristic a number of ‘Merely Intelligent’ practicality options. The model will add 13 new options over the previous-generation automotive, taking the supermini’s complete quantity to 43.
Classics such because the gas filler door-mounted ice scraper and ticket holder on the A-pillar will make a return, however they’ll be joined by a pair of smartphone pockets on the entrance seat backs, a brand new storage pocket beneath the boot board and a brand new USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror, which permits for the simple set up of a dashcam.
There’ll even be a brand new card and coin holder for the glove field lid, a pen holder for the centre console, a brand new storage compartment on the transmission tunnel and a detachable cup holder, which can make its debut on the Fabia. The entrance passenger backrest may even fold flat, permitting homeowners to move lengthy objects extra simply.
New Skoda Fabia: design and inside
Our newest photographs of the Fabia present that the next-generation automotive will look similar to the outgoing mannequin. Its tailgate is an identical form, whereas its headlights share the identical DRL signature. The Fabia’s roofline additionally stays comparatively excessive on the rear, because it nonetheless must accommodate two adults in affordable consolation.
The brand new Fabia’s monitor and wheel arches are additionally wider than the previous automotive’s (because of the brand new platform), whereas its grille has grown in measurement, which ought to give the hatchback a extra imposing stance. It’s not all for seems to be although, as Skoda has fitted some intelligent fuel-saving expertise as nicely.
First, there’s some new shutters for the automotive’s decrease bumper intakes, which robotically shut once they’re not required for cooling, contributing to a minor gas economic system enchancment. The shutters are paired with a contemporary set of aerodynamically environment friendly alloy wheels and a brand new undertray, which has been particularly designed to cut back drag.
Skoda says the tweaks have reduce the Fabia’s drag coefficient from 0.32 to 0.28, making the brand new mannequin probably the most aerodynamically environment friendly automotive in its class.
Earlier spy photographs have additionally hinted that Skoda’s sporty Monte Carlo trim-level will make it onto the brand new Fabia. The purple mule in our gallery options winglets on the entrance bumper, wider facet skirts, a deeper rear diffuser and a bigger tailgate spoiler. Manufacturing automobiles may even include bigger alloy wheels and sports activities seats.
Inside, the brand new Fabia must be some of the spacious automobiles in its class – and by transferring to Volkswagen’s MQB platform, patrons will get improved soundproofing and noise isolation, making the supermini a extra refined place on the transfer.
The brand new MQB A0 underpinnings may even carry a significant expertise enchancment, with Skoda adopting Volkswagen’s newest MIB 3.0 infotainment system. Some variations of the Fabia will make do with a 6.5-inch show, however UK fashions will doubtless be provided a selection of both an eight-inch or 9.2-inch touchscreen.
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