IAB Report – First official sketch of the next gen Skoda Fabia revealed
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Skoda has released the first official sketch of the next gen Skoda Fabia which is slated to have its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. “Young, Crisp and Urban” are the words used by the company to describe the new gen hatchback.
The 2015 Fabia gets inspired from the Skoda VisionC design concept that was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Skoda says that its motorsport division has provided its inspiration for the final design.
The new Fabia is wider than the aging outgoing model by a good 9 cm and sits lower by 3 cm. The family identity is strong as ever and the tightly skinned hatchback sports clean and sharp lines. Without revealing further details, the automaker has announced that the hatchback would appoint a completely new interior with “individual options for customization”.
The new Fabia will be based on an extensively re-engineered version of the current model’s platform. The car is also expected to retain the powertrain options which include three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with displacements ranging from 1.0-litre to 1.6-litre.
Skoda India currently has its focus on the Rapid and the segments above. Mr. Sudhir Rao, MD, Skoda India, earlier said that the sub-Rapid segment would not be explored before the end of 2015.
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Competitors: VW Polo, Maruti Swift, Honda Jazz, Tata Bolt
Expected Price: INR 5 – 8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Skoda Fabia Official Sketch – Press Release
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