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.