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by Brett Davis

Skoda has debuted the new Skoda Fabia at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. This is the first time the Fabia has been shown Down Under and it will be Skoda Australia’s new entry-level model.

The Fabia showcases various fuel-efficient Volkswagen-derived engine options and trim levels. Starting with the 1.2-litre 77TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 77kW of power. This engine variant is matched to a five-speed manual transmission and comes standard with electronic stability control, six airbags, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution.

Fuel consumption for the manual variant is rated at a 5.5L/100km. A six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission will be available in 2012.

The next model in the range is the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI. This features much the same specifications as the entry-level model outlined above, but it comes with a smattering of sporty options and details. These include ‘smoked’ 16-inch alloy wheels, with matching headlights and a black grille.

The black theme is extended over to the roof and rear spoiler and trimming down the side of the car. The theme also exists in the interior, where piano black details cover the door trims and aspects of the dashboard. The interior is further complimented by black leather with red stitching.

Topping out the range is the Skoda Fabis RS. This is the sports version and comes with a 1.4-litre 132TSI supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine producing 132kW of power and 175Nm of torque. The model comes with a DSG dual-clutch transmission. It’s not all about the engine though as the car also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, RS brakes, a sporty interior, a bodykit and twin exhausts.

The Skoda Fabia range will go on sale later this year, with prices as follows (excluding on-road costs).

Fabia 77TSI Hatchback                                                                                      $18,990*
Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI                                                                                  $21,990*
Fabia RS 132TSI                                                           Pricing not available until launch in 2012




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