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by Tim Beissmann

The third-generation Skoda Fabia will launch in spring before reaching Australian showrooms in 2015.

Reports from last month linked Skoda’s all-new city car to a Geneva motor show unveiling, though it now looks likely to debut in Paris at the beginning of October.

The 2015 Skoda Fabia is said to be the first vehicle built on a new, shortened version of Volkswagen Group’s modular platform dubbed MQB-A, which it will share with the forthcoming sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo and fifth-generation Seat Ibiza.

The third-gen Fabia is expected to be longer and wider than the car it replaces, offering a more spacious interior and a larger boot. It’s unclear if the wagon variant will continue to be sold alongside the five-door hatchback or if the more versatile body style will be dropped from the new range.

A range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines shared with the facelifted Polo will slot beneath the Fabia’s bonnet.

Skoda also confirmed production of an all-new model at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic. The new model will be the brand’s new seven-seat SUV, rumoured to be called the Skoda Snowman, which is destined to enter production is late 2015 and hit global showrooms in 2016.




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