Skoda’s released official images of its new Fabia before it appears at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Full details on this Polo rival here…
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- Updated Skoda Fabia revealed
- Gets tweaked bumpers and LED headlights
- New two-tone seats available
- Goes on sale in late 2018
Skoda’s given its practical Fabia hatchback and estate a subtle mid-life facelift to help them compete with the likes of the SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo. These photos show us what the updated cars will look like before they makes their public debuts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.
You’ll have to look hard to spot any differences between the old and new Fabias. Besides some chunkier headlights with new LED innards and a very slightly reshaped grille, the upcoming car looks pretty much identical to the one it’ll replace.
The old car’s boxy rear end has escaped any major modifications, too – besides a pair of red reflector strips on the bumper the new car looks exactly the same as the old version. You can get the latest Fabia with larger 18-inch alloy wheels in place of the old car’s 17-inch items, however.
You must be thinking Skoda’s made some pretty dramatic differences inside the new Fabia, then? Well, no. The dials behind the steering wheel have been tweaked slightly and you can now get some two-tone seat fabrics and contrasting dashboard inserts but that’s pretty much it.
Skoda’s also dropped the entry-level five-inch touchscreen infotainment system from the Fabia range so all models come with a much more modern 6.5-inch system. You also get smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices (so you needn’t pay the extra £500 for Skoda’s built-in satellite navigation) and a pair of optional USB ports in the back so your passengers can keep their phones charged, too.
Engines and driving
The new Fabia will come with the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines as the old car. There’ll be an entry-level 60hp model (best avoided unless you do all your driving around town), a more powerful 75hp version and two turbocharged models with 95hp and 110hp respectively.
The most powerful 110hp car will be the only one available with an automatic gearbox – a smooth seven-speed dual-clutch item that’ll be well worth paying extra for if you do lots of driving in stop-start traffic.
Price and release date
Skoda’s confirmed the new Fabia will go on sale in the second half of 2018. It’s expected to cost from approximately the same as the £11,370 outgoing car but we’ll have to wait until it makes its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March for official prices to be confirmed.