2018 Skoda Fabia Facelift gets mild updates, LED, new trim, more tech

Article by Christian A., on February 20, 2018

After publishing a teaser design sketch last month, Skoda finally revealed the mildly updated Fabia Facelift in a hatchback as well as a wagon variant. The changes on its design are so subtle that you may not notice them right away. But we’re here to point these out for you. Let’s start off with the headlights and taillights. These now use LED tech, making the rear look like the facelifted Octavia.

Customers can now get a set of 18-inch alloy wheels exclusively for the hatchback version, which is a first for the Fabia. Both the front and the rear bumpers have been given some changes too but these are not very apparent. While these revisions are welcome, these probably will not get you so excited that you’d want to go straight to your dealership.

As for technology upgrades, the cabin has now been equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that have Bluetooth, USB, and SD card connectivity. The car gets the Swing system as standard but customers can then opt for the Swing Plus and Amundsen setup if they want features like CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

The updated Skoda Fabia has come up with new trim and upholstery choices, together with Simply Clever goodies such as dual USBs for rear passengers, tablet holder, and a double sided mat in the trunk, where you can get an optional LED torch. Windows on both the front and the rear now have the one-touch automatic roll down functionality.

The new LED headlights have improved as well on the new Fabia, thanks to the Auto Light Assist, which switches the low beam after detecting a car up ahead. Other safety features include Blind Spot Detect as well as Rear Traffic Alert, making the car safer than it was before.

Under the hood of the Fabia, it gets only slightly more interesting. Some of the options are a couple of gasoline engines. One is a naturally aspirated 1.0 liter MPI that delivers either 60 horsepower (44 kilowatts) or 75 horsepower (55 kilowatts) while another option will be the larger 1.0 liter TSI, with either 95 horsepower (70 kilowatts) and 110 hp (81 kilowatts).

Each of these has three cylinders, while the turbocharged ones have a gasoline particulate filter, making them cleaner. The most powerful option you could get can be paired to a seven speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox. But curiously, the 1.4 liter TSI that was mentioned before is a no-show in the press release.

Even though you can barely notice the changes in the 2018 Skoda, it still is an improved version of its predecessor. If you are interested to see the Skoda Fabia, make sure to catch it at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show beginning on March 6th.

Press Release

UPDATED ŠKODA FABIA MAKES ITS DEBUT AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2018

The ŠKODA Fabia is embarking on the next chapter of its success story with wide-ranging enhancements in terms of both design and technology. The popular small car made by the Czech carmaker will now boast even greater appeal thanks to restyled front and rear sections, the introduction of LED head and rear lights, as well as a refined interior. Lively and efficient 1.0 petrol engines, as well as additional assistance systems underline the sophisticated character of the ŠKODA Fabia. The revised model is being unveiled at the International Motor Show 2018 in Geneva. The market launch is in the second half of 2018.

New design highlights inside and out
Front and rear design updates produce a high-class appearance, while headlights and front fog lights with new outlines and state-of-the-art lighting technology also freshen up the look. LED headlights and LED rear lights are now being offered for the ŠKODA Fabia for the first time. The choice of alloy wheels has been extended too, including the addition of 18-inch wheels for the hatchback while the redesigned instrument cluster, new trim strips for the dashboard and two-tone finishes for the seats update the interior.

Economical and lively petrol engines
The line-up of engines for the ŠKODA Fabia will consist of four petrol drivetrains, each with three cylinders and a capacity of 1.0 litre, whose performance is as eager as it is efficient. The MPI engines feature indirect injection and produce outputs of 60 hp and 75 hp respectively. The two TSI drivetrains are both packed with advanced engineering, including turbocharging and direct petrol injection, enabling them to generate 95 hp and 110 hp. Both TSI engines are fitted with a petrol particulate filter. The most powerful of the quartet of engines can be matched with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option.

By concentrating on sophisticated petrol engines for its drivetrain portfolio, ŠKODA is paying careful consideration to the requirements of the target groups in the small car segment. Boasting further improved economy and exceptional emissions performance, the state-of-the-art three-cylinder power units are on a par with frugal diesel engines for fuel efficiency.

New driver assistance systems for increased safety and convenience
By expanding the choice of driver assistance systems, ŠKODA AUTO has once again transferred advanced technology from higher vehicle classes to the small car segment. The new Blind Spot Detection feature alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in the blind spot or approaching rapidly from behind when driving on multi-lane highways. The Rear Traffic Alert system monitors what is going on behind the vehicle and warns of a risk of collision when reversing. Another newly available feature is Light Assist, which automatically switches to low beam as soon as the system detects oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

Infotainment system ‘Swing’ now with 6.5-inch display and ŠKODA Connect
The infotainment system ‘Swing’ now offers a 6.5-inch display and also allows drivers to use the full range of mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect. When equipped with the ’Amundsen ’ navigation system, the ŠKODA Fabia will also now offer the Online Traffic Information service with real-time information on traffic holdups. Meanwhile, innovative SmartLink+ technology makes it possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate standards.

Even greater variety of ‘Simply Clever’ features
The brand’s signature characteristics that set the ŠKODA Fabia apart in the small car segment include a wealth of practical touches designed to increase comfort and functionality in day-to-day use. An even greater number of these ’Simply Clever‘ features is now available. The ice scraper concealed in the fuel filler flap now incorporates, as a new function, a gauge for measuring the tyre tread depth. The car can also be equipped with USB ports for the rear-seat passengers for added comfort. Customers can also opt for a double-sided boot mat. The side compartment in the boot of the ŠKODA Fabia Estate also features a portable LED flashlight.

Important part of the ŠKODA model portfolio
The ŠKODA Fabia plays a key role in the Czech carmaker’s current model range. Its trademark brand qualities have turned it into an international bestseller in the small car segment, while it has also provided the basis for ŠKODA’s most recent successes in the world of rallying. Since 1999, over four million units of the ŠKODA Fabia have been sold worldwide, with the current third model generation alone accumulating sales in excess of the 500,000 mark. As a result, the ŠKODA Fabia is presently ranked third in the brand’s list of best-selling model series. The main markets for the hatchback model are Germany, UK and Poland, whereas the ŠKODA Fabia Estate is particularly popular in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland.

 

Source: Skoda

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