2022 Skoda Fabia unveiled – smart supermini returns with no vRS
What’s completely different within the Fabia is the sharp new pores and skin, which regardless of trying acquainted to earlier fashions contains a equally effectively executed mixture of sharp traces, strong detailing and a delightful lack of visible aggression. The physique itself is longer than earlier than, a full 111mm in truth, most of which is discovered added between the axles, unlocking additional inside area for occupants.
A part of the rationale the brand new Fabia is a lot bigger than earlier than is its new adopted chassis, which has now moved onto the identical MQB A0 platform the present Polo adopted some three years in the past. Because of this, the powertrain choices are acquainted to different VW Group superminis with a variety of turbocharged and non-turbocharged 1-litre three-cylinder petrol engines paired with both a guide, or in high-spec kinds a seven-speed DSG. There shall be a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model out there too, fitted solely with the DSG ‘field.
Sadly, there was no indication of a brand new vRS mannequin, which like a scorching SEAT Ibiza, simply isn’t commercially viable on this new era. This comes regardless of Volkswagen’s affirmation that its up to date Polo will arrive in a GTI kind later this yr, however it’s one buoyed by the next value level and inherited worth of that GTI badge that Skoda’s vRS mannequin simply can’t match.
With its modifications, the brand new Fabia will probably stay a strong, inexpensive and smart supermini choice that always punches above its weight, however with a brand new degree of fashion and class. Sadly, whether or not a throwback Fabia vRS with the Golf GTD’s 197bhp diesel engine and a few sticky tyres may nonetheless show to be a notion that appeals, it’s one we’re more likely to ever discover out about. Native costs and specs shall be confirmed nearer to its arrival early subsequent yr, with costs anticipated to begin at round £14,500.