The latest generation of the Skoda Fabia does not only feature the brand’s evolved design language, but also comes with the comfort, safety and cabin technologies usually not available for small cars. Likewise, the new Skoda Fabia is now powered by a choice of seven engines that are all compliant with EU6 emission standards. Buyers can select from four petrol and three diesel engines to power their own Fabias.
All featuring Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery systems, the petrol engines offer outputs ranging from 44 kW (60 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS) while the new three-cylinder diesel offers outputs of 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS).
All engines are mated to either a modern manual gearbox or an automatic DSG transmission. These new generations of engines, along with improved aerodynamics and reduced weight (now only 980 kg), allow the new Skoda Fabia to become more fuel efficient and more eco-friendly. In fact, the Skoda Fabia Greenline variant, which will be available in 2015, features fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission numbers of 3.1 l/100 km and 82 g/km, respectively.
Skoda has also considered customers’ personal preferences inside and outside when creating the third-generation Fabia. That is why the Fabia is the first Skoda to allow customers to choose from different available customization options.
On the outside, there is a choice of four colors for the Fabia’s roof and mirror housings, as well as for its wheels. Inside, there are wide selections of colors and color combinations that should complement the cabin’s quality and precise workmanship. Likewise, the cabin is home to new infotainment systems based on Volkswagen's MIB (Modular Infotainment Matrix) technology.
Any of the three available systems – all featuring a touch display with swipe operations -- allows customers to access smart applications not typically seen in a small car. Customers are treated to the MirrorLink technology that allows easy pairing of the infotainment system with a smartphone.
This technology allows display as well as operation of certain smartphone apps on the Bolero infotainment system's screen. Customers are also given access to the SmartGate function, which allows display, storage and use of selected vehicle data.
The function allows the usage of Skoda's Drive app, which shows drivers the efficiency of their driving during a certain trip. Likewise, the function allows the use of the MFA Pro app, which enables drivers to see on their smartphones certain onboard computer functions and multifunction display (MFA) content. Just like any Skoda, the new Fabia offers ample space inside the cabin, boasting of best-in-class boot capacity.
The cabin also offers optimum functionality thanks to its 17 'Simply Clever' features. Last but not the least, the third-generation Skoda Fabia personifies the brand’s continually evolving design language, which still features some of its traditional characteristics.
Among the distinguishing styling features of the new Skoda Fabia are its clean contours, sharp edges and precise lines, as well as an impressive interplay of light and shade. Still bearing balance in proportions, the third-generation Skoda Fabia is now 8 mm shorter, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than the previous model.
It now bears a more imposing front that benefits from the added width and certain elements like the razor-sharp, wide headlights, a slatted grille, crystalline glass, and the Skoda logo on the bonnet's nose. To emphasize the visual blending of the lights and the grille, Skoda marked out all edges and lines.
For instance, the new Skoda Fabia features two unique beadings that run from the outside to the inside of the bonnet. Moreover, the new Skoda Fabia exudes a more dynamic appearance on the sides thanks to crisp tornado and wing lines.
The sides of the vehicle also feature a contrast between light and dark shades and slim pillars. Adding some stylistic manifestations for the Fabia’s side are an all-new range of wheels. Correspondingly, the new Skoda Fabia features a rear that suggests strength and confidence, thanks to the emphasized clean horizontal lines as well as taillights with dark and contrasting edging.
These taillights still have Skoda's typical C shape. According to Frank Welsch, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, the new Skoda Fabis exemplifies the evolution of the Skoda design language.
Welsch remarked that the new Fabia is the first Skoda to feature design elements of the VisionC design study. He added that the new version also features some of the DNA of Skoda’s rally cars to make it the most emotionally-rich Fabia the carmaker has ever had.