The Skoda Fabia was once a pretty common sight on Indian roads. Billed as a premium hatchback, the old-gen Fabia (along with the Octavia) lasted long enough for people to get acclimatized to the Czech brand that made it. Now, there is an all-new, fourth-generation avatar of the Fabia that has just gone public. With the unveiling of the new Fabia, Skoda has ushered in some much-needed changes and upgrades to an aging platform. For instance, the new model sits on top of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 architecture, bringing the Fabia in line with its other newer Skoda stablemates. As before, the new Fabia will be offered in hatchback and station wagon forms in some markets.
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Viewed from the outside, the new Skoda Fabia is longer, wider, and boasts a larger wheelbase than its predecessor. Moreover, the new car not only sits lower to the ground but has also been made more aerodynamic – sporting a drag coefficient of 0.28.
The exterior styling has been updated to make the Fabia look far more modern, though the whole design is more mature and sensible rather than head-turning. Some of the main highlights here include the butterfly front grille with chrome surrounds, LED headlamps, sportier-looking & rear bumpers, aerodynamically optimized alloy wheels (up to 18 inches in diameter), a revised side profile & body panels, new LED taillights, and a sporty roof spoiler.
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The advantage of a larger body will be felt in the cabin of the new Skoda Fabia. It not only gains a larger 380-liter boot but also more legroom for rear passengers. Apart from those practical upgrades, Skoda has transformed the interior of the new Fabia into a better-looking and more contemporary space as well.
Higher variants now come with a stylish two-spoke steering wheel, a large Virtual Cockpit driver’s display, a tablet-like touch-infotainment system with connected car technology, and Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, faux stitching on the dashboard, and some colorful plastic trim to liven up the cabin. The feeling of airiness is further heightened thanks to a panoramic glass roof and the relatively large windows in the new Fabia. Overall, this is a fairly good and well-built interior – a definite step-up from the older car.
In certain markets, the new Skoda Fabia will be offered with several active and passive safety features. These will include up to nine airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Park Assist. Of course, things like electronic stability control and traction control will be available as standard on the new Fabia.
As far as its powertrain options go, the new Skoda Fabia is available with up to five engines and three gearbox options, depending on the market. The 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine in the new Fabia makes anywhere between 64hp and 94hp (depending on the state of tune), whilst the 1.5-liter turbo-petrol produces up to 148hp. Meanwhile, transmission options include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
According to Skoda, the new Fabia (with its 1.0-liter TSI engine) has a maximum range of 900 kilometers on a single tank of fuel. That is if you upgrade to the optional 50-liter tank instead of the standard 40-liter one. Like its precursor, the new Skoda Fabia presents itself as a practical family hatchback for not a lot of money. While there is no word yet, Skoda may bring this new Fabia to India in the next year or so. Of course, that’s merely speculation for now.