New Skoda Fabia undergoes road tests

Wednesday 21 May 2014, 15:43 PM by

Skoda Fabia has been a popular car in the global hatchback segment. For a while now news has been doing rounds that the hatchback shall be launched in a facelifted version sometime soon. Recently, the vehicle has been spotted undergoing performance tests at Nurburging track. The car is stated to be based on a shortned version of MQB platform coommoinly known as MQB-A. The hatchback is expected to be wider and longer than the current version. The new Skoda Fabia is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris motor show due to be held in October ths year.

The 2015 Skoda Fabia is expected to be powered by a new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and the 1.4-litre 3-cylinder shall be available in Petrol as well as TDI turbo diesel engine option. The newer version shall feature more of luggage space and cabin space as compared to the existing version.

New Skoda Fabia undergoes road tests |
New Skoda Fabia undergoes road tests

Skoda had stopped the production for the popular hatchback Fabia in India a while ago, but the hatchback is still on sale to empty the existing lot. Sources have indicated a possibility of the new hatchback being introduce in the Indian hatchback segment by the end of this sometime by the second half of 2015.

Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, Skoda Auto India, said to DNA, “Fabia initially started in a nice way with slight premium pricing. Without talking about the future products, I would like to say that it is important for us to be in that segment, but it is also important for us to do it in a right manner and ensure that we identify a sub segment in that category that is looking for a little more premium. Yes, we are looking at a Fabia replacement but will stick to Skoda's image.”

The new generation Fabia will feature Skoda’s new design language. The wide front grille is complemented by larger angular shaped headlamps, and the tail lamps at the rear have recived LED lights. If media reports to believe, the company will retain the same broad styling till C-pillar; however, the vehicle will get a completely redesigned rear. Rao further added, “We don't talk about our financials but what I can say is that on an operational basis, we have improved our financials. We are building our strategy on sustainable future and we are on track. We have earned some credibility with the headquarters.”

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