Skoda rolls out new Fabia Scout variant in India
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Czech automotive giant Skoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has brought out the new Scout variant of its Fabia premium hatchback in India. The newest edition of the model comes with petrol and diesel engines priced at Rs. 6.79 lacs and Rs. 8.10 lacs, respectively (Ex-Showroom Delhi). This iteration of the Skoda Fabia will now be the top end variant of the model in the country. A new variant of Fabia with the diesel engine of Volkswagen Vento had earlier been exhibited by the car maker at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Skoda Fabia was one of the earliest premium hatchbacks in the market and is quite similar to the class-leading Maruti Suzuki Swift in terms of look and dimensions. However, its sales never picked up despite a decent configuration and a respectable brand name. Nevertheless, Skoda remained undeterred and came out with this new model, which seemingly does not have many advantages over other variants of Fabia present in the Indian market till now. The modifications are all cosmetic and centred on the body kit only, rather than any change in the specifications or configuration.
In terms of looks, the Fabia Scout is more rugged than its other siblings, even though the ground clearance has remained unchanged and is still quite low. The major new features of the vehicle include projector headlamps, front bumper with spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, keyless entry, tinted glass, protective cladding on the body and front and rear door sill trims. Leather seats, new and stylish doors, integrated audio system, a sporty stainless steel pedal set and power windows are some of the new additions to the interior package of the Fabia. New safety features of the car include Antilock Braking System (ABS) and dual airbags to keep the passenger secure under adverse driving conditions.
The 1.2 L 3 cylinder MPI petrol engine of the car is capable of delivering maximum power of 75 bhp. Likewise, the diesel unit is also has capacity of 1.2 L with 3 cylinder and is supplemented with turbocharging and Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) technologies to deliver excellent performance. Both variants will be powered by the 5 speed transmission system for smooth gear shifts. The engines are said to be economical but underpowered, which can prove to be a negative point for the vehicle. In the Indian automotive market, Skoda Fabia Scout will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Jazz.
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Gools will buy a car with this pricr tag. Swift is much better and rightly priced carApril 26, 2012 by Sk
Over priced. tough to survive in the market, outdated look, can compare it with Tat Estate. on road will be close to 10Lakhs.Can get an SUV or MUV in this range. Ertiga is far better than this Model (Scout)April 25, 2012 by Samuek
tats true if i pay another 2lacs i can go for scorpio ......wat can i do with a stupid useless car naming SUV ...skoda suckssssssssApril 25, 2012 by Jmv
Hyundai Jazz instead Honda Jazz!!!April 25, 2012 by SaiSha
Well said. On top of that, Scout should have added ground clearance if nothing else. This could have been a vehicle for those who are forced to buy SUVs only for the sake of ground clearance. Can Scout come with a ground clearance of 200 mm considering Punto has a variant at 195mm?April 25, 2012 by Kumar
Prices of petrol starting from 6.79 lacs? This is the most unrealistic pricing for a car the sale of which never picked up. coming on to engine they have never inspired the enthusiasts ever. In fact 3.8 lacs Figo's engine is better in comparison along with better handling. So whom are they looking forward, to sell it? this is going to witness fate of Jazz in its early days.April 25, 2012 by Abhishek
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