All-new Skoda Fabia will be released in 2021October 27, 2020
The new car Skoda Fabia will receive a new platform and improved technologies, but electrification is not expected.
Skoda is finally getting ready to unveil its popular Fabia supermini in a brand new version next year. Plans to bring the fourth generation Fabia to market in 2022 have been revised to make it easier for the group to produce both old and new platforms at the same time. As such, it will be on display in the first half of next year, with the first samples expected to hit UK showrooms well before the end of 2021.
The current Fabia architecture, an upgraded version of the platform first used in 2008, will be replaced by the MQB A0. This is the same platform used in the Audi A1 Sportback, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, as evidenced by the recently discovered Polo-based Fabia models.
Most importantly, this platform ensures that the Czech supermini is no longer a “poor cousin” in the lineup. In terms of styling, experts suggest a wider range of changes than for the Fabia during the transition from the second to the third generation. Inspiration will be, in particular, the Kamiq crossover, as well as the newest car will receive design elements and details from Scala and Octavia.
In addition, the interior is likely to undergo a major update, given that the design and dashboard technologies of the current Fabia are no longer up to Volkswagen Group standards. As such, an updated layout, larger and clearer displays, and Skoda’s latest infotainment system and connectivity features will be presented.
Despite the group’s broader plans, Fabia won’t initially offer any form of electrification – not even mild-hybrid engines. Insiders say this will keep Fabia available. However, this will definitely happen in the future.
As such, the new Fabia’s engines will be familiar, although the lineup will be presented without diesels. The turbocharged three-cylinder TSI petrol will take center stage with varying power outputs, while more powerful four-cylinder engines (and a cheaper three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine) can be used.
The move to the MQB platform should also result in notable advances in refinement and comfort. The current Fabia remains one of the most spacious in its class, so actual dimensions may not change.
The new Fabia takes on old pragmatism while conquering the supermini segment, eclipsing rivals that once had a strong hold on the market. We expect prices for the Fabia to be higher than today’s base price of £ 12,990, but not significantly.
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