The Skoda Fabia may have lost its relevance in India but the hatchback holds much significance in the Czech automaker's global portfolio.
The second generation Fabia was launched in 2007 which means this year is effectively the last in the car's life. The third generation model would be born in 2014 to carry the nameplate forward.
Here is a speculative rendering of the 2015 Skoda Fabia created by German auto website Autozeitung.de. The design approach of the rendering is very much in line with Skoda's current design theme.
The logo gets pushed on to the bonnet. The grill and headlamps are comprised of straight lines, acknowledging the design principles formed by the Skoda VisionD concept. The central ridge on the bonnet, a signature Skoda touch, has not been missed by the rendering artist.
The new Fabia is likely to resemble the current car in profile but everything else would change. The upswept kink on the rear door to form a triangular rear quarter window panel is akin to the new Octavia, something similar to BMW's Hofmeister kink. The rear is expected to feature uncluttered and understated elements.
The next gen Skoda Fabia will be longer and wider than the outgoing car. It will also be significantly lighter thanks to the MQB platform, which will also support the next gen VW Polo expected in 2016.
Existing powertrain options would be retained albeit with improvements. Rumor has it that the 1.0 litre petrol engine that powers the Skoda Citigo and VW Up! will be an entry-level motor.