2018 Skoda Fabia to be unveiled at Geneva motor show
Skoda has revealed its lineup for the 2018 Geneva Global Motor Show. Not only will it be updating models significant to India, the Czech car builder will also debut the all-new Skoda Fabia, which could make its way back into the country after a five-year hiatus. And because crossovers have become so popular these days, our eyes will also be focused on the Vision X concept as well. Here’s the list of cars Skoda is set to showcase at the motor show.
The Skoda Vision X is a design study on which the future compact crossovers will be based on. The result should look somewhat like a crossover form of the Fabia hatchback. The manufacture form of the Vision X will be the 3rd SUV in Skoda’s lineup. But, this one has something new going on under the bonnet. It is a hybrid drive concept featuring a 4-cylinder, turbocharged CNG engine (yes, it’s not a petrol) coupled to an electric motor. However, what is of immediate relevance to European markets, and possibly India as well, is the refreshed Skoda Fabia. The 2018 model looks quite fresh with changes to the face and the derriere. It gets new headlights and front fog lights, which now feature LED elements. The taillights get the LED treatment too. Also, the worldwide model now gets the option of 18-inch rims. If launched in India, expect it to be offered with 16-inch alloy wheels though.
Powering the Fabia abroad will be just the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine, but in four states of tune. The naturally aspirated MPI engines will be available with a power output of 60PS and 75PS while the turbocharged TSI drivetrains produce 95PS and 110PS. Even the Skoda Fabia Combi (the estate version) will feature the same engine options. The more powerful options will be available with a 7-speed DSG gearbox as an option as well. The Octavia RS, the car that we just loved in our road test, will now get an optional Challenge Plus package. This adds new design elements to both the exterior and the cabin. The RS 245 Challenge Plus package will feature an electronically-regulated VAQ limited-slip differential as well.
The regular variants of the Octavia, on the other hand, will now be equipped with a digital instrument cluster which was first introduced in the Karoq SUV. Even the Superb and the Kodiaq are expected to feature this unit soon. The advantage of the all-digital display is that it can be configured to display a variety of information apart from the usual speed, tachometer, and fuel gauge. You can now bring up navigation maps, information about the audio system or the telephone on the screen.