Newest Skoda Fabia supermini is because of arrive later this yr – and our spy photographers have noticed a mule in sporty Monte Carlo trim

20 Jan 2021

Skoda is gearing-up for the launch of its fourth-generation Fabia and that is the primary time we’ve seen the brand new supermini in its manufacturing bodywork. The covers will formally come off later within the yr,

The spy photographs reveal that the Fabia’s observe and wheel arches are wider than the previous mannequin’s, whereas its radiator grille has grown in dimension, which helps to offer the hatchback a extra imposing presence. Nevertheless, the automotive’s roofline stays comparatively tall on the rear, because the Fabia nonetheless must accommodate two adults on the again bench in relative consolation.

These newest photographs additionally affirm that Skoda will provide its Monte Carlo trim-level on the brand new Fabia, including much more sporty styling tweaks. The pink mule options winglets on the entrance bumper, wider aspect skirts, a deeper rear diffuser and a bigger tailgate spoiler. Manufacturing automobiles will even include bigger alloy wheels and sports activities seats.

Skoda will even transfer the Fabia to the MQB A0 platform as a part of the replace. Its sister automobiles, the SEAT Ibiza, Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo, have already made the leap to this newer platform which is able to carry a significant hike in expertise, with Volkswagen newest MIB 3.0 infotainment system showing for the primary time. 

It’s probably that some variations of the Fabia will make do with a 6.5-inch infotainment show, however UK fashions will most likely be supplied with a selection of eight-inch and 9.2-inch configurations.

Regardless of the contemporary underpinnings, although, the brand new Fabia’s cabin must be the same dimension to the present automotive’s. Skoda lately launched the Scala to cater to those that want somewhat more room, so the model has no cause to upside its supermini to that automotive’s proportions.

Nevertheless, the Fabia will nonetheless provide sufficient room to stay one of many extra spacious automobiles in its class – and transferring to MQB ought to carry features in soundproofing and noise isolation, making the brand new Fabia’s cabin a extra refined place on the transfer.

The present Fabia was launched on the finish of 2014, so a substitute wouldn’t usually be due till the top of this yr. Nevertheless, talking completely to Auto Specific again in 2019, the corporate’s former boss Bernhard Maier defined how Skoda pressed on with the event of the Mk4 mannequin to hasten the change to MQB. 

Maier advised us: “Sure, after all, we’re making an attempt to push a bit extra shortly. If you happen to discuss concerning the automobiles which are linked to my private motivation, it’s the Karoq, it’s the Scala, it’s the Kamiq, it’s the Octavia, the now-refreshed Excellent, by all means the MEB electrical automotive [Enyaq iV] – and it is going to be the Fabia as effectively.” Then he added: “I simply final week drove the primary prototype of the Fabia, on MQB A0. I can inform you already that I can’t wait to carry that automotive to market.”

New Skoda Fabia: engines and drivetrains

Beneath the bonnet, the next-generation Fabia will probably drop the present automotive’s weakest MPI engine (a minimum of within the UK), together with the growing older 1.2-litre TSI unit. As an alternative, the core of the vary can be powered by Volkswagen’s latest 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engines, with outputs of both 94bhp or 114bhp.

Volkswagen’s ubiquitous 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with cylinder deactivation can also be more likely to function – and it’s equally conceivable that higher-end Fabias would possibly get mild-hybrid tech from the Volkswagen Group as this filters down from household automobiles such because the Golf and new Octavia.

Engineers throughout the totally different manufacturers have been engaged on cheaper 12V methods that may very well be supplied alongside the forthcoming 48V configurations. There aren’t any plans for a plug-in model of the automotive, although, as a result of the complexity, price and compromises concerned in packaging batteries into such a small mannequin stay prohibitive.

Senior Skoda sources advised us to anticipate the Fabia to make its public debut in early 2021, however the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Present subsequent yr might change Skoda’s timeline. Nonetheless, UK gross sales beginning by subsequent summer season are anticipated. Costs ought to rise barely, with a beginning determine of round £12,500.

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