Skoda Fabia Facelift teased ahead of Geneva debut
Skoda phased out the Fabia premium hatchback in India back in 2013, with talks of a facelift version building its way to our shores in 2015. Although, that did not happen, Skoda announced that the new generation Fabia is in fact coming, as the company has released a new teaser image ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Will it come to India? We doubt it, but the global market will certainly receive a major design overhaul from the facelifted Skoda Fabia. The current Fabia has been on sale unaltered since 2014 and is in need of a refresh so Skoda has put its designers to work. The teaser sketch used to announce the revised car’s approaching arrival shows a slightly revised front end with slimmer LED headlights similar to those on the Karoq crossover. Skoda claims the revised design will give the Fabia a “much stronger look”, while we reckon the new technology will include adaptive cruise control and the Volkswagen Group’s latest infotainment systems – possibly containing the availability of a fully-digital instrument cluster.
The new generation Skoda Fabia will come with fresh and new design elements, along with state-of-the-art technology, to take on its contemporaries. The Fabia facelift will receive a new front with LED headlights, giving it a bold and strong look from its predecessor. Moreover, the updated Fabia, for the first time ever, will also get LED rear lights, and will come equipped with ‘Simply Clever’ features. Other highlights will include a fresh exterior look and “state-of-the-art technology”, probable to carry the Czech hatch and wagon in line with the upcoming new-gen Volkswagen Polo.
Skoda, however, has not publicized the technical specs of the Fabia facelift, but we expect it to come with 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine that is capable of churning out maximum power of 85 bhp. It is also rumored to get the new 1.5 TSI Evo engine, which is in the current generation Volkswagen Polo. The company says that the new generation Fabia will play an important role in Skoda’s current model range, as the company has sold more than four million units since it originally launched in 1999. The current third model generation alone accumulated sales in excess of 500,000 mark.