New Skoda Fabia presented Monte Carlo versionNovember 5, 2020
Skoda probably has no plans for a new Fabia RS, but the Monte Carlo version could make the car sportier.
2020 has been a busy year for Skoda with the release of the best-selling Octavia in various configurations, from sporty RS versions to off-road Scout models and hybrid iVs. In addition, the zero-emission Enyaq emerged as the brand’s first electric SUV, which is the sister model of the Volkswagen ID.4. Next year, the Czech brand plans to introduce a revamped Kodiaq, a coupe-like Enyaq GT, but more importantly, an all-new Fabia.
Skoda’s new head, Thomas Schaefer, recently announced plans to introduce the next-generation Fabia in 2021, but did not go into details. He only said that it would be a “great car” and that he had high hopes for the subcompact hatchback. Although spy shots have since emerged showing only a test mule using a VW Polo bodywork, Motor.es’ designers hypothetically rendered a Czech supermini.
This is not just a Fabia: this is a chic digital Monte Carlo finish. With the disappearance of the charged RS after the second generation, the Monte Carlo technically took over as the flagship. It was essentially an exterior design package, but it is expected that Skoda could place “more emphasis on sportiness visually or otherwise.” This could mean some minor hardware changes are planned, but they could be limited to a stiffer suspension system and other minor tweaks.
This very informal render uses Octavia and Scala cues to create a small hatchback that arguably looks as chic as the top-end Polo or Ibiza. The two-tone exterior with a black roof is Monte Carlo’s trademark, as are the black wheels and side mirrors.
Finally, moving to the MQB A0 platform, the new Fabia will mainly be powered by three-cylinder engines. In the near future, there may be a four-cylinder engine, while the Fabia with a diesel engine has already been discontinued after the last restyling, so the TDI badge will not appear on the fourth generation model. Electrification is also not on the agenda, although it may come at a later date to help the VW Group cut emissions in line with stricter regulations.
According to preliminary information, Fabia Combi will enter the segment of rare subcompact wagons. Following the completion of production of the SEAT Ibiza ST, Renault Clio ST and Dacia Logan MCV, Skoda is still offering the Fabia with a long roof, but it remains to be seen if this will happen with the generation change.
The Skoda Fabia is expected to become the largest and most practical model in its segment. A price hike appears likely as the VW group seeks to bring Skoda’s pricing closer to equivalent Volkswagen and SEAT models. This did not happen in the 2000s, when Skoda were the most affordable, but on the other hand, today’s Skoda models are much more complex, so the price increase can be justified to some extent.
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