Skoda has taken the wraps off the 4th generation Fabia hatchback, scheduled to go on sale in European markets in early 2022. The new Fabia has already been listed on the official Skoda UK and Česká Republika websites.
The new Fabia has been built on the MQB-A0 platform that also underpins several other VW Group models including the 6th gen Polo, Skoda Scala, VW T-Cross and so on. As a result, the Fabia has grown in dimensions. Speaking of which, the length has grown by 111 mm to 4,108 mm and the width by 48 mm to 1,780 mm. The Fabia now boasts a wheelbase of 2,564 mm — which is 94 more than its predecessor.
Let’s talk a little bit about its styling because it appears that the designers wanted to be on the safer side by not adding any drama whatsoever. It certainly looks sharp and chiseled, but when compared to something like the Scala, the new Fabia feels kinda boring. That said, the Monte Carlo version or something like that might look hotter. Notice the triangular shape on the front doors formed by a lower character line? Well, apparently, it’s a nod to the wedge on the Czech national flag.
The headlights are LEDs and so are the taillights. The base models ride on 14- or 15-inch steel wheels, while up to 18-inch rims are available in the options list. In the ‘Proxima’ and ‘Procyon’ designs, the rims have special plastic inserts that help control airflow around the wheels.
The cabin of the new Fabia is all about being roomy and offering a ton of storage space wherever possible. The 380-litres of boot space is claimed to be segment-leading and folding down the rear seats expands that to 1,190-litres. Skoda claims to have improved the sound insulation as well.
The dashboard design looks a lot more stylish compared to the meh-ish exterior. You gotta love that Fabia branding on the instrument pod. Depending on the trim, the features list includes a 9.2-inch central touchscreen with gesture and voice controls, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit (optional). There are a bunch more options including a PhoneBox (which lets you wirelessly charge your smartphone), a USB-C connector on the interior rearview mirror, a removable drink holder, and a sunshade for the sunroof. The “simply clever” features such as an ice scraper in the fuel cap and a parking ticket holder on the A-pillar are still there.
As for safety and driver assistance, the new Fabia gets Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Side Assist, Travel Assist, and Park Assist. Passive safety includes up to 9 airbags.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the new Fabia will offer 1.0L 3-cylinder MPI (naturally aspirated), 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI (turbocharged) and 1.5L 4-cylinder TSI (turbocharged) petrol options. The base MPI engine offers an output of 48 kW (65 metric hp) while a powerful tune delivers 59 kW (80 metric hp). The turbocharged 1.0L engines deliver 70 kW (95 metric hp) and 95 kW (129 metric hp).
The 1.5L TSI engine with cylinder deactivation technology offers an output of 110 kW (150 metric hp). Depending on the engine, the gearbox will either be a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual. A 7-speed DSG automatic is optional but is standard with the 1.5L TSI.