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The 2015 Skoda Fabia has been revealed — sort of — with an official rendering released today suggesting that the next-generation Czech light car will be lower, wider and altogether sportier. 

Due for its world premiere in October this year at the 2014 Paris motor show, the new Fabia takes cues from the VisionC concept unveiled last March in Geneva. Skoda also says its motorsport arm has “provided inspiration”. 

Volkswagen’s budget arm has said repeatedly that it needs to inject more panache into its design – and the sketch seen here should come as small surprise. We have already seen largely undisguised spy images of the new model that show the cars squat, square design language nearly in full. Expect a wagon derivative to follow suit.

Skoda says the new model is 90mm wider and 30mm lower than before, gets a completely revamped cabin with a range of personalisation options — now de rigeur in this class — and thanks to its new architecture it promises a sharp driving experience. 

The new Fabia is set to be built on a variation of the existing car’s architecture, though it will borrow from its parent company’s MQB ‘tool box’. As such, the new version is expected to see some weight savings over the current model. Engines, infotainment and interior components will be shared with the facelifted Volkswagen Polo, meaning 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engines and a 1.4-litre turbo diesel three-cylinder for Europe. Don’t expect the latter to be sold here.

As we know, Skoda has axed the sporty RS version for the next-generation Fabia, citing a lack of demand. Expect to see a Monte Carlo version with all cosmetic accoutrements, but none of the performance gains, as the range flagship.

The new Fabia should arrive in Australia around the middle of 2015, where it will sell alongside the new Rapid and Octavia and the recently revamped Yeti and Superb in a burgeoning Skoda line-up. 




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