The 2015 Skoda Fabia has been spotted by our spy photographers for the first time, with the all-new city car caught undergoing testing at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The Czech brand's new-generation city car, which is set to be revealed the 2014 Paris motor show in October, clearly mimics the styling of some of Skoda's recent offerings such as the facelifted Yeti and recently launched Octavia.
Despite the heavy camouflage it is clear the front-end sees a more modern, angular grille application compared with the current Fabia, and its headlights and front bumper are more streamlined and sporty looking, too. The side profile shows a similar sharp-edged treatment to the glasshouse of the car, while the hatchback is fitted with a small rooftop spoiler and a stylised bootlid with small tail-lights.
The new Fabia is likely to be built on the same underpinnings as the current model, rather than be built upon the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform that is used for cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 as has been widely reported. However, Skoda is expected to borrow heavily from the VW product catalogue when it comes to engines and infotainment systems.
Powerplants will likely mirror those seen in the updated Volkswagen Polo, including new three-cylinder engines as well as the existing 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo that is now offered in two states of tune (66kW/160Nm and 81kW/175Nm rather than the existing 77kW/175Nm) in that model range.
Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer recently confirmed to CarAdvice that the new model is due to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2015, with both the hatchback and wagon models confirmed.
“There will be a wagon derivative of the new model. It is one of the only cars in this market space that has a wagon body and it proved to be quite popular,” Irmer said, suggesting around 20 per cent of Fabia sales locally had been the estate version.
Irmer also confirmed reports from late 2013 that there will be no replacement for the RS hot-hatch and wagon models, suggesting the lack of an RS variant would not damage the brand’s image.
“It will have an impact, but it won’t be significant,” Irmer said.
Irmer instead suggested the brand would focus on its Monte Carlo models, which are powered by standard engines but feature sporty styling.
“We sell very well off the Monte Carlo version in the Fabia range,” Irmer said. “That is going to continue.”
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