The new Skoda Fabia will be launched in May with more technology, more space, and a new platform.
The next-generation Skoda Fabia will arrive in Australia within 12 months, the company has confirmed.
Ahead of the small Skoda’s unveiling, the company released a batch of teasers overnight for the new hatch.
As with previous iterations, the Fabia will also be available as a wagon.
While we can ignore the oversize wheels and provocatively low stance as they aren’t present on spied prototypes, these renderings give us our first look at various design elements previously hidden from view.
As with the current Fabia there’s a prominent shoulder line along the flanks, and a sharp uptick in the window line as it nears the C-pillar.
Up front there are angular LED headlight units flanking the company’s signature grille. Top-of-the-range models could also be available with matrix LED lights.
At the rear there are LED tail-lights with the brand’s now familiar crystalline detailing. Like the updated Polo the lights now stretch into the tailgate.
Measuring 4107mm long, 1780mm wide, 1460mm tall, and with a 2564mm wheelbase, the new car will be significantly larger than today’s Fabia.
Length is up 111mm, width increases by 48mm, and the wheelbase is 96mm longer.
Thanks to the increased dimensions boot space will grow by 50L, and the cabin should be more comfortable for humans.
If its Polo sibling is anything to go by, motivation will come from turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines.
A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system measuring up to 9.2-inches should also be available.
Since its launch in 2000, Skoda has sold 4.7 million Fabias with the first-generation model notching up 1.79 million sales.
The second-generation Fabia, unveiled in 2007, followed up with another 1.7 million, while the current car, premiering in 2014, has sold around 1.2 million copies.
The Fabia is Skoda’s most popular nameplate to-date, trailing only the larger Octavia.