The 2015 Skoda Fabia has been spied almost free of camouflage undergoing high-altitude testing in the European Alps.
The images, captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, give us our clearest look yet at the Czech brand’s third-generation city car, which will be revealed at October’s Paris motor show before going on sale in Australia in the second half of 2015.
The new Fabia takes design cues from recently launched models in Skoda’s line-up, including the mid-sized Octavia and Yeti compact SUV, while its tighter panels and more angular lines are reminiscent of those used by premium cousin Audi.
The third-generation city car gets a squarer grille than its predecessor and slimmer headlights that connect to its chrome outline.
Plastic cladding disguises a strong shoulder line that runs from the corners of the headlights to the redesigned tail-lights, which sit either side of the new tailgate that features a subtle lip beneath the rear window.
The rear doors retain Skoda’s signature kink, flowing into the hatch’s broad C-pillars.
Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer recently confirmed to CarAdvice the new Fabia would again be available in five-door hatchback and wagon body styles when it arrives here in a little over 12 months’ time.
Low global demand means there will be no sporty RS variant of the new model, with the brand set to focus on the style-centric Monte Carlo variant instead.
The 2015 Fabia is expected to retain its existing platform rather than use the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform that underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Octavia, but should inherit the new three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the recently updated Volkswagen Polo.