New small turbo engine to replace 1.2-litre four-cylinder

The Skoda Fabia will get a heart transplant later this year, with the Czech company announcing its light car will get a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo within the next six months.

Replacing the current 1.2 TSI four-cylinder turbo, the new three-pot matches its predecessor in power while also offering more torque and improved fuel efficiency.

In Europe, the 1.0 TSI will be offered in two tunes - 70kW/160Nm and 81kW/200Nm - with the lower tune offered with a five-speed manual and the higher output motor available with both a six-speed manual or an optional DSG dual-clutch transmission.

For the 70kW version, it features a 4kW power bump over the old 1.2-litre, while torque remains unchanged at 160Nm. Top speed increases from 182km/h to 185km/h, while the 0-100km/h time drops by 0.3 seconds to 10.6 seconds.

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Fuel consumption for the 70kW version also drops from 4.6L/100km to 4.3L/100km.

Meanwhile, the higher-output 81kW version boosts torque from 175Nm in the old 1.2-litre to 200Nm. The 0-100km/h run takes the same 9.5 seconds, while top speed is rated at 196km/h as before.

However, manual versions improve fuel consumption by 0.3L/100km in manual versions (4.4L/100km) while automatic models are 0.1L per 100km more efficient at 4.5L/100km.

The updated Skoda Fabia range will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show.

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Australia

Skoda's local arm has confirmed the revised Fabia range will be available in Australia from around late July, with the 1.0-litre engine to replace both versions of the 1.2-litre unit currently sold here.

Speaking with CarAdvice, Paul Pottinger, general manager of corporate communications for Volkswagen Group Australia, said the Fabia will als continue to offer a high level of specification and technology, though couldn't confirm exact details at this stage.

"Fabia’s where the SKODA story starts so in a sense it has to summarise the whole range. That will continue to mean comprehensive standard spec, not least in terms of safety," he said.

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Stay tuned to CarAdvice for an update closer to the updated Fabia's July launch.