2015 Skoda Fabia at the Paris Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 1, 2014

The latest generation of the Skoda Fabia gives a new meaning to the brand’s design language by blending a more dynamic styling with features not usually seen in the small car segment. Essentially, the third generation of the Skoda Fabia features an emotional uptake with its precise lines and sharp edges, balanced proportions, and an impressive interplay between light and shade.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Skoda Fabia dons a front that seems more aggressive as the vehicle is now 8 mm shorter, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower. Likewise, the aggressiveness of the Skoda Fabia’s front is reinforced by wide yet razor-sharp headlights, crystalline glass and a distinctive slatted grille.

Skoda’s logo also appears on the bonnet's 'nose'. To further emphasize the visual unity of the grille and the lights, the Skoda Fabia’s features marked out lines and edges like the two unique beadings that run from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.

On the sides lie a sharp tornado line and a so-called wing line. Accentuating the vehicle’s strong appearance on the sides are slim pillars, contrasting light and dark shades, and a range of wheels. Moving on, the rear of the new Skoda Fabia features contours and horizontal lines that convey the vehicle’s strength and assertiveness.

Skoda’s designers especially focused on the shape of the taillights, giving it a richer and contrasting edging. As seen on any Skoda, the new Fabia’s taillights feature the brand’s typical C shape.

For the first time, Skoda is allowing customers to personalize the looks of their vehicle, in this case, the new Fabia. Some of these personalization options include the choice of colors for the wheels, the roof, and the mirror housings.

Interior Design

Moving inside the cabin of the Fabia, occupants will find themselves treated to a quality yet precise interior with horizontal emphasis. Also, customers could choose from a selection of interior colors and color combinations.

Interestingly, the cabin is blessed with a number of technological features usually found in larger and higher vehicle classes. For instance, the new Skoda Fabia features any of the three infotainments systems based on Volkswagen's Modular Infotainment Matrix technology.

With these systems, applications not usually found in a small car are now featured in the Fabia, such as a touch display with swipe operation. Moreover, the Fabia is the first Skoda to allow customers to avail of the so-called MirrorLink technology as an option.

This technology allows easy linking between the vehicle and a smartphone as well as display and operation of selected apps on the Bolero infotainment system's screen. Also featured on the new Skoda Fabia is the SmartGate function, which allows display, storage and use of particular vehicle data.

For instance, Skoda's Drive app shows the driving efficiency of drivers in a certain trip. Also, the MFA Pro app allows the display of onboard computer functions and multifunction display (MFA) content on their own smartphones.

Powertrain

At the core of the new Skoda Fabia are choices of four gasoline and three diesel engines, all of which have been improved in terms of fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. Customers can choose from a total of four petrol and three diesel engines.

The engines already meet EU6 emission standards and all feature a Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery. For petrol engines, the output ranges from 44 kW (60 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS).

For diesel engines, meanwhile, the output ranges between 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS). The engines are mated to either a modern manual or automatic DSG gearboxes.

With these engines, the new Skoda Fabia is tagged to become a very efficient city machine, with fuel consumption of just 3.1 l/100 km and carbon emissions of 82 g/km (available in the Skoda Fabia GreenLine in 2015).

These improvements were due to the new engines and improved aerodynamics, as well as to the vehicle’s lower weight pegged at 980 kg.

Frank Welsch, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, remarked that the design of the new Skoda Fabia represents the evolution of the Skoda design language, as it features elements of Skoda’s VisionC design study. He added that Skoda also featured some elements from its rally cars to make “the most emotionally-rich Fabia ever."

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