Skoda India is not shy revealing some details on faux off-roader based on the Fabia, the Scout. It did not hesitate to put up a spec sheet alongside the display at its pavilion in the bygone Auto Expo. The Scout was seen testing in Pune by our pals at Motorbeam last year and we wonder if Skoda is considering to top-off the Fabia range in India with this model in 2012.
Volkswagen will not fold its hands and watch the Fabia Scout roll off the production line for long. It could prompt a Polo counterpart if the concept is well received. The bigger development is the 1.6-liter engine coming down to B-Segment models. Have the prayers of a VW Polo 1.6 TDI finally been answered?
Don't be misled by its rugged bumpers and extra cladding on the door. The Fabia is yet to develop off-roading abilities. The layout and features are retained. The point of the Scout is to add aggression and muscle to the Fabia without spending a bomb. If the "adventure" side of the Scout is not communicated properly Skoda service centers have to stock up under-body parts and learn some lessons on anger management!
The Scout features the larger 1.6-liter TDI engine borrowed from the Vento generating peak outputs of 105hp/250Nm. There's no shortage of equipment as features corner function headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels are available on the Scout.
Image shot by HK-Harry, an IAB reader.