2015 Skoda Fabia Combi officially announced for 2014 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 24, 2014

Here comes another entry in Skoda’s ongoing product offensive – the third generation Skoda Fabia Combi. Just as its name suggests, the Skoda Fabia Combi combines rich design, functionality and environment-friendliness, as well as technologies and features typically found only in vehicles belonging to higher classes.

Customers who think that cars as small as the Fabia Combi would not be able to offer safety, comfort, smartphone connectivity and infotainment features might have to reconsider that opinion. Just like the latest generation of the Skoda Fabia hatchback, the Skoda Fabia Combi is out to surprise the driving public once again.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi is around 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than the previous model. As another product of the evolved Skoda design language, the Skoda Fabia features an emotionally rich design showered with elements from the Skoda VisionC concept.

Exterior Design

Visible to the plain eyes are the vehicle’s precise lines and sharp edges, which serve as proof of Skoda’s high quality work and accurate workmanship. Again, the Fabia Combi emulates the Fabia with its unique interplay of light and shade and the use of crystalline shapes.

In fact, the Fabia Combi has a front identical to that of the new Fabia hatchback, but looks more aggressive and imposing because of the added width and focus on horizontal lines. Its unique features include wide headlights, the distinctive slatted grille, the crystalline glass cut, and the Skoda logo on the bonnet nose.

Furthermore, the vehicle features marked out lines and edges for added emphasis on the visual unity of the grille and the lights. For instance, the Skoda Fabia Combi dons two swage lines that run from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.

When looking at the rear of the hatchback, it would be easy to see the emphasis given on horizontal lines. Aside from that, the clean and tidy rear of the Skoda Fabia Combi carries taillights in the typical Skoda C-shape.

These taillights feature contrasting dark edging and elaborate detail – typical of Czech glasses. When viewed from the side, the new Fabia Combi looks like it was made from one piece, thereby conveying strength and composure.

The sides feature tornado and wing lines, slim pillars and mild rearward sloping roofline. Likewise, the sides feature an impressive interplay of light and shade as well as a new range of wheels.

Interior Design

As with the exterior, the interior of the new Skoda Fabia Combi exudes excellent workmanship with focus on horizontal lines. Moreover, the interior can be availed in a variety of color and color combinations.

What also makes the new Skoda Fabia Combi stand out from other small cars is its array of four new infotainment systems, based on Volkswagen's Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB). These infotainment systems, including the integrated Amundsen radio navigation system, come with a touchscreen display with swipe operation.

For an easy linking between the hatchback and a smartphone, the new Skoda Fabia Combi makes use of the MirrorLink, which allows a driver to run and display certain smartphone apps on the screen of the Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems.

Skoda is waiting for relevant interfaces that will allow Android smartphones (via Android Auto) and Apple devices (via Apple CarPlay) to be linked with the Fabia Combi.


The successful infusion of different features and technologies as well as vehicle hardware has been made possible by the MQB technology from German carmaker Volkswagen. In fact, the vehicle is based on a modular concept mostly based on the MQB.

Right now, the third-generation Skoda Fabia Combi can be powered by any of the six available engines, three of which are petrol while the rest are diesel. These EU6-compliant engines feature Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery, with each mated to either a modern manual transmission or an automatic DSG gearbox.

Petrol engines churn out outputs ranging from 55 kW (75 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS) while their diesel counterparts provides outputs from 55 kW (75 PS) to 77 kW (105 PS). To ensure a comfortable and smooth ride, Skoda paid special attention to the chassis.

Particularly, the carmaker made sure that there is an outstanding interplay between the hatchback’s new engines, new electro-mechanical steering and the redesigned engine mounting. On the other hand, the new Skoda Fabia Combi features a wider front and rear tracks (plus 30 mm and 31 mm, respectively) and a longer wheelbase (plus 5 mm).

While the new Skoda Fabia Combi has more technology and features, it is up to 61 kg lighter than its predecessor, depending on the configuration. In fact, a Skoda Fabia Combi powered by a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine has a kerb weight of just 1,004 kg.

Press Release

Skoda Fabia Combi (NJ)

After the debut of the Skoda Fabia hatchback, the brand is firing up the next stage in their current model campaign. In the third-generation model, the Skoda Fabia Combi once again sets new standards in terms of space. The new design has a striking, emotionally-rich design language, coupled with state-of-the-art MQB-based vehicle technology from Volkswagen Group. This includes innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems that are usually seen in higher-class vehicle segments or the completely new engine technology with EU6-compliant emission values. A highlight: with the MirrorLink™ function and the SmartGate system, the car can be paired with a smartphone.

"The new Skoda Fabia Combi is the perfect combination of space, functionality, technology and emotionally-rich design," says Skoda CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "A modern, fresh car that stands for Skoda's best brand values. It has the largest interior space in the small estate car segment and extensively meets the increased requirements for connectivity and customisation," says Prof. Dr. Vahland.

With this new edition, the Czech manufacturer intends to build further on the success of its popular all-rounder. Since 2000, the small car has been an integral part of Skoda's model range. As of 31.12.2014, Skoda has delivered more than 1.1 million Skoda Fabia Combis to customers - this makes the Skoda Fabia Combi the best-selling model within its class.

Since its introduction, the Skoda Fabia Combi has embodied all good Skoda qualities: lots of space within compact outer dimensions, many practical solutions, low fuel consumption, well-engineered technology and excellent value for money. This combination makes it a bestseller in its category.

Excellent space: the largest boot capacity in its segment

Compact on the outside, the new Skoda Fabia Combi sets new standards in terms of interior space. It provides plenty of space for up to five occupants and their luggage. The passenger compartment has gained in both width (increase of 21 mm) and length (increased by 8 mm).

The 530 litre boot capacity (1,395 litres with the back seat folded down) is the largest in its segment. The basic volume has been increased by 25 litres compared to its predecessor.

The Fabia Combi is more flexible than before. The rear seats can be folded down in two stages: the seat is folded first and then the backrest. This increases the flexibility of the interior. Items up to 1.55 m long can fit into the car. The loading area is 960 mm wide, 2 mm wider than in the previous model. The tailgate is set lower down than before. Therefore the loading sill is only 611 mm high, in comparison to the second-generation model it is 26 mm lower. The tailgate opens to 1,900 mm high and is 1,028 mm wide.

Emotion: a crisp, dynamic design

The new emotionally-rich design of the new Skoda Fabia Combi is the perfect addition to its outstanding functionality. As the hatchback model, the new Fabia Combi captivates with elements from the Skoda VisionC show car, sporty proportions and modern, crisp design language. In short: pure dynamism.

Precise lines and sharp edges are evidence of high-quality manufacturing and accurate workmanship. In addition, the car features a distinctive interplay of light and shade and the use of crystalline shapes.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi is 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than its predecessor. The front is identical to the new Fabia hatchback model and appears more assured and imposing thanks to the added width and strong emphasis on horizontal lines. Distinctive elements are the razor-sharp, wide headlights, the crystalline glass cut, the characteristic slatted grille and the brand's logo on the bonnet's 'nose'. The designers highlighted the graphic unity of the grille and the lights, precisely marking out all lines and edges such as in the two distinctive swage lines running from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.

The side view. The car's sleek silhouette is as if it were made from one piece, the whole side view is extremely dynamic. An effect created by a crisp tornado line and the wing line marking the side of the car as well as the slim pillars, the interplay of light and shade, the gently rearward sloping roof line and the completely new, attractive range of wheels.

The rear of the Skoda Fabia Combi is clean, tidy and unmistakable with yet another emphasis on horizontal lines. The tail lights in the typical Skoda C-shape have contrasting dark edging and intricate detail in the style of Czech glass-making tradition.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi has ample scope for individual configuration. The car's all-new interior impresses with quality, precise workmanship, an emphasis on horizontal lines and a wide array of colours and colour combinations.

Connectivity at its best with MirrorLink™, CarPlay and Android Auto as well as SmartGate

The new Skoda Fabia Combi has completely new infotainment systems. The technology is based on Volkswagen's Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) allowing a whole series of attractive uses which are ground-breaking for the small car class. A touchscreen display with swipe operation is available for the first time. Customers can choose between four infotainment systems, also including the integrated Amundsen radio navigation system.

Thanks to MirrorLink™ technology, the new Skoda Fabia Combi can easily be connected to a smartphone, allowing the driver to run and display selected smartphone applications (apps) on the screen of the Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems. As soon as the relevant interfaces are available from the manufacturers, Apple devices (via Apple CarPlay) and Android smartphones (via Android Auto) will also be able to be connected.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi also comes with the SmartGate function, enabling display, storage and use of certain vehicle data in some apps. Skoda's newly-designed Drive App, for instance, can show drivers how efficient their driving style has been for any trip they have taken. The MFA Pro App lets users display on-board computer functions and multifunction display (MFA) content on their smartphones. Further apps complete the range.

New benchmarks in terms of efficiency and emissions: CO2 output from 82 g/km

The new Fabia Combi is more environmentally friendly than ever before with fuel consumption reduced by up to 17 per cent compared to the second-generation model. Fuel consumption is now, at its best, down to 3.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are just 82 g/km in the Skoda Fabia Combi GreenLine (available in the second half of 2015).

These significant improvements are the result of a completely new generation of petrol and diesel engines, radical weight reduction down to 1,004 kg and improved aerodynamics.

These excellent results are due to Volkswagen's innovative MQB technology. In total, the Skoda Fabia Combi is available in three petrol and three diesel engines. All six engines comply with EU6 emission standards and come with a Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery. Power output in the petrol engines ranges from 55 kW (75 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS). The new three-cylinder diesel range offers between 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS). Transmissions are modern manual or automatic DSG gearboxes.

Special attention has been placed on developing a comfortable chassis. Finely-adjusted interplay between the new electro-mechanical steering, the new engines and the redesigned engine mounting has enabled designers to noticeably improve the chassis setup. Driving comfort and ride stability reach a new level of quality.

The model benefits not least from a 30 mm wider front track (rear track by 31 mm) and a 5 mm longer wheelbase. The vehicle design of the new Skoda Fabia Combi is based on a modular concept, drawing for the most part on Volkswagen's MQB technology, including new engines, electro-mechanical steering, a large part of the electrics (such as control units), the instrument cluster as well as infotainment and assistance systems.

Despite additional technology and comfort, the new Skoda Fabia Combi's weight is significantly reduced compared to the second-generation model, weighing by up to 61 kg less (depending on vehicle configuration). The Skoda Fabia Combi with a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine has a kerb weight (without the driver) of just 1,004 kg.

MQB technology for active and passive safety; systems from higher vehicle classes

The new Skoda Fabia Combi impresses with its high level of safety. Thanks to Volkswagen Group's MQB technology, the model has safety systems from higher vehicle classes. The optional Front Assistant with integrated Emergency Braking Function, which automatically brings the vehicle to a complete stop, reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. The Multi-Collision Braking System will automatically slow the car down after an accident to prevent a follow-on collision.

The Driver Activity Assistant will detect fatigue of the driver, while the new Speedlimiter can prevent the car from exceeding a pre-set speed. Hill-Hold Control will help drivers start on a gradient. Also, the new Fabia Combi comes with an electronic tyre pressure monitor as standard in EU countries.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi has the enhanced electronic differential lock function XDS+ as standard, which maximises traction when cornering.

Passive safety elements include six airbags, which come as standard in EU countries, for finely adjusted interaction with the car's three-point seatbelts.

Innovative comfort systems

The third-generation Skoda Fabia Combi offers a new level of comfort. A first in the model is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System), the automatic locking and starting system. Front and rear parking sensors also make a debut in Fabia. Previously, this technology was only available for the rear of the Fabia.

The Rain/Light Assistant ensures optimum visibility with integrated sensors for rain and ambient light. The rain sensor automatically controls the windshield wipers' frequency, while the light sensor switches the low beams on and off depending on light conditions.

Making its debut in the Skoda Fabia Combi is the new C-EPS (Column Electric Power Steering), which saves weight as well as fuel, and replaces the electro-hydraulic power steering used previously.

For the first time, customers can order the Skoda Fabia Combi with a large panoramic glass roof which adds to the 'feel-good' factor on board.

The latest-generation air conditioning with control on an MQB basis also offers optimum comfort. Both manual air conditioning and fully-automatic Climatronic climate control are available. In comparison to the technology used in previous Fabia variants, this new Climatronic system is considerably more efficient.

Up to 17 'Simply Clever' solutions

The new Skoda Fabia Combi not only has plenty of space but is also more practical and clever than ever before. Up to 17 'Simply Clever' solutions make life that little bit easier in the Fabia Combi, ten of them are new in this model.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi is available with an adjustable false boot floor as an optional extra. The new MirrorLink™ technology brings smartphone apps including navigation to the infotainment system's display. With the SmartGate function and using specially designed applications (apps), certain vehicle data can be displayed, saved and accessed on the user's smartphone.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap as standard and also has a new multimedia device cradle in the cup holder located in the centre console. The high-vis vest has a convenient dedicated storage compartment in the driver's door. A waste bin is available for the side door. Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats will hold miscellaneous small items.

The new model offers more room for drinks bottles. Both rear doors will now hold a 0.5-litre bottle. An additional 1.0-litre bottle will fit in the glove compartment.

The new Skoda Fabia Combi also offers new 'Simply Clever' features that proved themselves invaluable in the car's second generation. The new Skoda Fabia Combi has a removable cover with a practical retractable function for the boot. Also available in the boot are two bag hooks. In the Fabia Combi, the optional Net Programme comprises of three storage nets (2 vertical, 1 horizontal) to keep the boot space tidy. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot is offered. The driver can insert a parking ticket into the standard ticket holder situated on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar. Another 'Simply Clever' feature is the corner light function of the fog lamps.

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