The Volkswagen Polo is about to get some stiffer competition from within.

    The 2022 Skoda Fabia is taking shape, and it’s going to be more grown up than ever before.

    It will be in Australia within the next 12 months. In the meantime, the current model is being run-out with a special edition.

    Measuring up at 4107mm long, 1780mm wide and 1460mm tall, with a 2564mm wheelbase, the new model is larger than its predecessor in almost every direction.

    That makes it 110mm long and 48mm wider than the 2021 model, with 96mm more space between the wheels.

    Despite the growth spurt, the new Fabia is expected to weigh the same as the current car. It should tip the scales at around 1100kg, thanks to its more modern MQB A0 underpinnings.

    The current Fabia is built on the PQ26 platform used on the previous-generation Volkswagen Polo.

    Along with the bigger exterior, the boot has grown by 50 litres to 380L behind the second row.

    Power will come from a range of engines in Europe, but the Australian line-up is likely to lean on variations of the 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine used in the current Skoda Kamiq.

    Inside, the Fabia will feature the option of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a choice between 6.8- and 9.2-inch infotainment displays.

    A full range of Simply Clever touches, such as in-door umbrellas and smartphone pockets in the seatbacks, will feature.

    Although it hasn’t yet been teased, a Skoda Fabia wagon is expected in the next-generation model as well.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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