While Skoda is focusing on SUVs, it hasn’t forgotten to keep its traditional cars fresh.
Skoda head of development Dr Frank Welsch explained: “We’ve been planning the Fabia alongside the Rapid and Octavia, so it will not change too much in terms of size. “It will get a totally new design, with optimised proportions, so it will be slightly wider and lower and more attractive, but it will stay a very compact car.”
Our exclusive image (above) shows how the latest Skoda design language will be distilled into a small hatch shape. Contrary to previous reports, the new Fabia won’t sit on a shrunken version of the MQB platform. “It will use the latest fuel-efficient engines from the VW Group box of bits, and the latest infotainment systems, but it won’t be MQB,” Welsch added.
There won’t be a hot vRS, but other models are in the pipeline. “We will keep the estate,” Welsch said. “It’s popular in the city and not too expensive.”