After a protracted teaser campaign, the 2015 Skoda Fabia light-car has been officially revealed ahead of its world premiere in-the-metal at this October’s Paris motor show.
The new Fabia, which is expected to borrow bits from the newly-updated Volkswagen Polo rather than the VW Group’s much publicised MQB architecture, is wider and lower than before as part of a bid to boost its sporting credentials, and is also said to offer best-in-class cargo space.
The final appearance of the new Czech supermini comes as small surprise, given we have already seen an official sketch as well as a series of lightly-disguised spy images. The Fabia retains Skoda’s signature angular design and takes substantial influence from the Vision C concept.
As we know, 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 will share infotainment and interior bits, and in all probability a 1.2-litre petrol engine, with the Polo.
Skoda has confirmed the new Fabia will be its first car to come with MirrorLink technology that integrates a smartphone and the car’s multimedia system more completely. As the name suggests, the screen can mirror apps in use on the driver’s phone.
The company says the new Fabia will also be up to 17 per cent more fuel efficient than the current model and will get various assistance system from higher-class cars. We expect active safety including radar-guided cruise control and low-speed autonomous brakes (AEB) to be options.
Speaking on the car’s angular and planted new design, Skoda styling boss Jozef Kabaň called the Fabia the first model to “communicate” the company more aggressive new design language. The company has said repeatedly that its current designs may err on the conservative side.
“Demands on a car brand and its design develop over time. In recent years, Škoda has made a name for itself by producing cars with great functionality and above-average interior space. We sense that now is the right time to create a stronger connection between the functionality of our cars and an expressive and emotional design,” said Kabaň.
“During the development of the third-generation Fabia, we focused on creating a sportier vehicle and made the design altogether crisper. The result is a young, fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment.
"Firstly, we have given the car tighter proportions. The new Škoda Fabia is flatter and wider than before, giving it a fuller stance on the road. It also has sharp edges, clear lines and features crystalline design elements. This has allowed us to achieve greater contrast and a very distinctive interplay of light and shadows. All that gives the vehicle a unique and self-assured character.”
Design highlights include the conjoined grille and headlights that makes the car look wider, the contoured bonnet, rectangular fog-lights, sharp character line, kinked rear window and the triangular creases on the tailgate.
Despite the sharper and sportier design, Skoda will not offer a hit RS version, with the company 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.