New Skoda Fabia spied in Volkswagen Polo disguise forward of 2021 debut
It seems to be like a Volkswagen Polo, as a result of this primary Fabia is cloaked totally in Polo bodywork. Our spy photographers are adamant it’s not a Polo facelift, although – it’s too early for an up to date Polo, the Czech plates are a giveaway, and it was spied as a part of a convoy of different Skoda autos.
VW Group sister model SEAT employed an analogous technique with the present Ibiza a couple of years in the past, when it was spied forward of its reveal disguised as a Hyundai i20.
Although the spy photographs inform us nothing concerning the large redesign heading the Fabia’s means, they’re indicative of the fast-track growth schedule decreed by Skoda bosses, and ensure that the brand new automotive will transfer from its ageing platform to the Volkswagen Group’s newest commonplace.
The present Fabia was launched on the finish of 2014, so a alternative wouldn’t usually be due till late 2021. Nevertheless, Skoda has accelerated growth of the Mk4 mannequin barely to hasten a swap of platforms, permitting it to each give the automotive a extra putting look, plus improve the powertrains and cabin know-how.
Whereas sister autos the SEAT Ibiza, Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo are all now primarily based upon the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, the present Fabia sits on a mixture of MQB components and the comparatively previous PQ26 structure.
When requested whether or not Skoda was going to hurry up growth of the subsequent Fabia, Maier advised us: “Sure, in fact, we’re attempting to push a bit extra shortly. For those who speak concerning the vehicles which might be linked to my private motivation, it’s the Karoq, it’s the Scala, it’s the Kamiq, it’s the Octavia, the now-refreshed Excellent, by all means the MEB electrical automotive [Enyaq iV] – and it will likely be the Fabia as properly.” Then he added: “I simply final week drove the primary prototype of the Fabia, on MQB A0. I can inform you already that I can’t wait to convey that automotive to market.”
As proven by our earlier photographs, the subsequent Fabia will get a extra distinctive look than the present mannequin – which is seen as one of many extra conservatively styled superminis. Count on a wider observe, extra pronounced blisters over the wheel arches, and extra advanced LED lights at the back and front, incorporating Skoda’s most up-to-date crystal-inspired design language. The roofline will stay comparatively tall on the rear, nonetheless; the Fabia is taken into account to be a small household automotive in a number of key markets, so it’s going to nonetheless have to accommodate two adults in relative consolation within the again seats.
In actual fact, we must always anticipate related cabin area to the present automotive’s, as a result of Skoda has just lately launched the Scala household hatchback and sees no motive to take the Fabia too near that mannequin on practicality. Nevertheless, that can nonetheless be sufficient room for it to stay one of many extra spacious vehicles in its class – and transferring to MQB ought to convey positive aspects in soundproofing and noise isolation, making the brand new Fabia’s cabin a extra refined place on the transfer.
Below the bonnet, the Fabia will most likely drop the present automotive’s weakest MPI engine, within the UK a minimum of, together with the 1.2-litre TSI. As an alternative, the core of the vary will likely be powered by 1.0-litre TSI models with a alternative of 94bhp or 114bhp.
A 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation can be prone to characteristic – and it’s equally conceivable that higher-end Fabias would possibly get mild-hybrid tech from the VW Group as this filters down from household vehicles such because the VW Golf and new Octavia. Engineers throughout the completely different manufacturers have been engaged on cheaper 12V techniques that may very well be supplied alongside the forthcoming 48V configurations. There aren’t any plans for a plug-in model of the automotive, although, as a result of the complexity, price and compromises concerned in packaging batteries into such a small mannequin stay prohibitive.
Senior Skoda sources advised us to anticipate the Fabia to make its public debut in early 2021, however the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Present subsequent yr may change Skoda’s timeline. Nonetheless, UK gross sales beginning by subsequent summer time are anticipated. Costs ought to rise barely, with a beginning determine of round £12,500.
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