It might be familiar, but the interior of the fourth-generation Skoda Fabia promises a big step up in design and technology.

    The new Fabia will go on sale in Europe in 2021, and is due to arrive Down “within 12 months”.

    Its dashboard is reminiscent of the ones found in the Scala and Kamiq, with a strong horizontal theme and a tablet-style infotainment screen in the middle.

    Unlike its larger siblings, the new Fabia has round air vents and heavily stylised triangular grab handles on the door arm rests.

    There will also be colour accents throughout the cabin to make the environment more cheerful.

    Ahead of the driver there’s the brand’s two-spoke steering wheel. Skoda says entry-level models, at least in Europe, will be fitted with an analogue gauge cluster, while higher-spec models will have a completely digital instrument cluster.

    A traditional gear lever sticks out of the centre tunnel.

    To go along with the interior sketch, Skoda has also unveiled the car’s new word mark, which will appear on the dashboard and, likely, the tailgate.

    With the car’s launch just around the corner, Skoda released sketches of the Fabia’s exterior design last week.

    To be sold as both a hatch and wagon, the new Fabia moves from the ancient PQ26 platform to the MQB-A0 architecture employed by the current Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1.

    Like the Polo, we expect the next Fabia to be powered by a selection of turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines.

    Thanks a larger body that measures 4107mm long (up 111mm), 1780mm wide (up 48mm), 1460mm tall, and with a 2564mm wheelbase (96mm longer), the new Fabia should be more comfortable for passengers.

    It will also have an extra 50L of boot space.

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    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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