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