New 2021 Skoda Fabia teased: prices, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
February 25, 2021

The affordable, practical Skoda Fabia supermini will grow in size and come with all-new tech when a new model is revealed in 2021. Read on for full details. 

  • New Skoda Fabia teased
  • Takes on a modernised design
  • New car set to be bigger
  • Interior overhaul certain
  • New digital driver’s display
  • Monte Carlo trim to return
  • Electrification unlikely at launch
  • On sale this year
See the new Skoda Fabia prototype

The Skoda Fabia is a practical, good-value hatchback alternative to the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. Skoda has released new details about this upcoming hatchback along with official photos of a prototype being tested.

New Skoda Fabia design

Though still recognisable, the Skoda Fabia appears to have been given a number of styling tweaks to bring it in line with the rest of the Czech manufacturer’s range. A large grille and sharp, angular headlights up front are similar to the larger Skoda Scala, with familiar angular lights at the rear.

Skoda has confirmed the new car will come with LED headlights and brake lights, though not as standard on entry-level cars.

The new Skoda Fabia looks to have grown in size compared with the outgoing car.

Its overhaul silhouette keeps the boxy, sharp styling the current Skoda Fabia is known for, but the new car will be 11cm longer than before. It’s also almost 5cm wider, but very slightly lower than the current car.

Monte Carlo trim will return as the Skoda Fabia range-topper.

A racy-looking variant, the Monte Carlo trim level, has also been spotted. This version has long been the range-topper for the Skoda Fabia, and brings a rally-inspired look (so says Skoda, at least) as well as plenty of extra equipment to the supermini.

This is the first official glimpse of the Fabia, but it doesn’t give much away.

Skoda has released an official teaser image of the Fabia, but little is given away about the final car from it. The sloping roofline is clear to see, and the LED head- and taillights peek through but there’s not too much more revealed beyond that.

New Skoda Fabia interior

Its likely the 2021 Skoda Fabia will feature a complete cabin overhaul compared with the old car, pictured here.

No photos have emerged yet, but the new Skoda Fabia will get a completely new interior. Skoda has confirmed there’ll be a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system and, for the first time in a Fabia, a digital driver’s display will be available – similar to what you can get in the larger Skoda Octavia.

Watch our Skoda Fabia review

The new Fabia is longer and wider than the old car, and the distance between its front and rear wheels has grown by more than 9cm. This means it should be more spacious inside than the outgoing car.

The boot will also be roomier than before. Skoda has confirmed the new Fabia will have a 380-litre boot – that’s 50 litres larger than in the old car.

New Skoda Fabia engines

Sitting at the core of the Skoda Fabia’s engine line-up will be updated versions of the outgoing car’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engines. Entry-level three-cylinder cars will come with 65hp (though it’s not certain if these will go on sale in the UK) and top-spec four-cylinder versions will produce 150hp. These models will also get a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Despite the Volkswagen Polo’s upcoming refresh likely bringing new mild-hybrid engines, the mechanically similar Skoda Fabia will probably stick to conventional non-hybrid engines to keep costs down.

New Skoda Fabia release date and price

Official teasers from Skoda, such as this, suggest the new Fabia will be revealed soon

Reports suggest that you’ll get a chance to see the finished Skoda Fabia in early 2021. Entry-level models could command a starting price close to £15,000, while range-topping Monte Carlo variants would likely be closer to the £20,000 mark, too.

If you can’t wait for this new car to go on sale, check out the latest Skoda deals available on the current car, check out carwow’s pick of the best hatchbacks on sale or get help choosing your ideal new car.

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