New edition of the Skoda Fabia

The fourth generation of the Skoda Fabia is in the starting blocks

Skoda presents the profoundly modified new edition of the Skoda Fabia. Pretty much everything about the model is new. But the fourth edition of the small car classic does not have any real novelty value.

For many years, the Polo, Ibiza and Fabia were interchangeable small car models from the Volkswagen brands VW, Seat and Skoda. But for some years now, Skoda has been condemned to take a special approach, because while the Fabia, which has been built since 2014, was based on a smaller platform mix, the Ibiza and Polo models, which were newly upgraded for summer 2021, have shared the MQB platform A2017 since 0. Now Skoda is pulling the same and will also be selling the Fabia from summer as a completely new generation based on the MQB-A0 technology that makes the trio more interchangeable again. 

Accordingly, the new Fabia will be significantly larger. The fourth edition has grown in length to 4,11 meters. The wheelbase and width have also increased significantly, at 2,56 and 1,78 meters, respectively. This also has an effect on the interior, which offers more room for development for guests and a trunk that has grown to 380 to 1.190 liters. 

Externally, the similarities to the Seat Ibiza are noticeable, but at the same time attention was paid to an alternative paintwork in several details. The radiator grille, headlights, front apron and a modified play of beads give the Fabia its own look. Above all, the new sheet metal dress makes the Czech look much more modern and noble compared to its predecessor. Especially when it is still wearing the new metallic paintwork Phoenix Orange and up to 18-inch alloy wheels.

The inside of the Fabia has also been significantly upgraded. The innovations include a heated multifunction sports steering wheel, a heated windscreen, new LED ambient light and the optionally available two-zone automatic air conditioning. The basic version of the Fabia will be available with an analog cockpit with a 3,5-inch info display. Alternatively, the digital instrument cluster is available with a 10,25 inch screen diagonal.

Another display is a touchscreen with a diameter of at least 6,5 inches for the infotainment worlds. If the Bolero radio is ordered, the display grows to 8 inches and the range of functions includes a hands-free system and the smartphone connectivity technology Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Amundsen is the name of the top infotainment model with navigation system, 9,2-inch display, online support, hotspot function and voice and gesture control. 

Up to nine assistance systems in the new Fabia are also up to date. The highlight here is the adaptive cruise control, which regulates up to a maximum of 210 km / h, in cooperation with the lane departure warning system. Both functions in concert are intended to significantly relieve the driver, especially on long motorway journeys. The up to 9 airbags also ensure more safety. 

There is a choice of five petrol engines with three or four cylinders for the drives. The one-liter units with 48 kW / 65 PS and 59 kW / 80 PS as well as the supercharged 1.0 TSI with 70 kW / 95 PS are offered exclusively with five-speed manual transmission. The maximum speeds are specified at 172, 179 and 195 km / h, the fuel consumption at just over 5 liters. The 1.0 TSI with 81 kW / 110 PS is optionally available with a manual six-speed gearbox or seven-speed DSG, which sprints to 100 km / h in less than 10 seconds and a maximum of 200 km / h. The top engine is the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS, always coupled to a DSG, which allows a sprint in 7,9 seconds and a maximum of 225 km / h. As with the sister models of the group brands, electrification of the drive is currently not planned.

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