Skoda has been noticed placing the ending touches on the all-new Fabia by testing the supermini on the D10 freeway within the Czech Republic. Footage captured by Auto.cz reader Jakub Růta reveals the subcompact hatchback masking most of its physique panels through the use of camouflage completed in the identical white shade because the precise sheet steel (and plastic).
Based on the person with the digicam, the fourth-generation Fabia gave the impression to be wider than the outgoing mannequin and had a extra mature design. It seems we’re coping with an upper-spec model judging by the LED headlights and taillights, with the rear clusters extending on the tailgate for the primary time on a Fabia to present it extra highway presence.
In typical Skoda vogue, we’re anticipating the brand new Fabia to be bigger than all of its VAG siblings, particularly the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza, and Audi A1. A good bigger wagon is coming by late 2022 / early 2023 and gained’t should face any opponents following the demise of the Dacia Logan MCV, Renault Clio Sport Tourer, and SEAT Ibiza ST. There’s the Lada Vesta, but it surely doesn’t totally rival the Fabia Property because it’s a Russia-centric product.
Whereas we don’t get a transparent view of the inside, at one level within the video the higher part of the dashboard makes an look. It reveals a tablet-styled infotainment, seemingly in the identical vogue as the larger Scala hatchback. In contrast to the outgoing mannequin which barely makes use of components from the MQB platform, the revamped Fabia will totally experience on the Modular Transverse Matrix structure within the A0 specification for small vehicles.
Switching to MQB underpinnings ought to end in extra refinement and expertise for the Skoda Fabia IV, together with a roomier inside and a extra fulfilling expertise behind the wheel. The B-segment hatchback misplaced the diesel engine with the present mannequin’s facelift in 2018, so the TDI is unlikely to return for the automobile’s fourth iteration.
The tried-and-tested 1.zero TSI will probably be on the core of the engine vary and will probably be supplied with guide and DSG transmissions. It will likely be fascinating to see whether or not the torpid naturally aspirated 1.zero MPI with as little as 60 horsepower will return for the Fabia Mk4 or Skoda will go turbo-only with its Peugeot 208 rival.
We wouldn’t get our hopes up too excessive concerning the Mladá Boleslav model placing the bigger 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine beneath the Fabia’s hood. As well as, there are stories Skoda shouldn’t be trying to electrify its entry-level automobile by giving it mild-hybrid expertise, not less than not at first. It’s believed the VW Group needs to maintain the Fabia reasonably priced by steering away from the brand new development relating to step by step dearer superminis.
The all-new Fabia has been confirmed for a 2021 official reveal, presumably within the coming months.