Spied – Next gen Skoda Fabia caught on tape in the Czech republic
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!
The first official sketch of the next gen Skoda Fabia hatchback was released this week and now a test mule donning production ready panels with decoy elements has been caught on tape in Skoda’s home country in the Czech Republic.
The 2015 Skoda Fabia is the last of the automaker’s products to adopt the new corporate identity. The design waypoints to the new Fabia has been laid by the VisionC Concept that was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show this year. The quintessential Skoda design traits like the edgy front grille, central ridge on the bonnet, straight lines and tight sheet metal design are all there.
The company has announced that the new car is 9 cm wider and 3 cm lower than the outgoing one which would make the interior roomier. Speaking of the interior, the car will get a completely new design, says Skoda.
Underpinning the new Fabia is a modernized version of the existing platform. The powertrain options are also expected to be carried forward from the present model albeit with minor improvements.
The long overdue replacement would grace the Paris Motor Show which takes place in the first week of October.
Skoda India’s revised strategy puts the Rapid on top priority and anything below that will have to wait at least until the end of 2015.
Competitors: Maruti Swift, Honda Jazz, Tata Bolt, Hyundai i20, VW Polo
Expected Price: INR 5 – 8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
You can watch the 2015 Skoda Fabia spy video here.