Next-gen Skoda Fabia design sketch revealed

New Skoda Fabia Sketch

Czech automaker Skoda has revealed the first design sketch of the all-new Fabia which is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This model will go on sale in European nations by early next year; however, Skoda is yet to confirm the launch for Indian market. Going by the sketch, it is clearly visible that the new generation Fabia shares its styling elements with the new Octavia.

The third generation Skoda Fabia also incorporated design elements from the VisionC concept. The front fascia gets similar grille available in the Octavia flanked by sleek headlamps. Its more carved out bonnet now features sharp lines that visually runs over to merge A-pillar. The short C-pillar gives it a sloppy roofline, while the sharp panels and short overhangs add to its sporty character.

The new generation Fabia measures 4 metres in length; however, the company has increased the width by 90mm and height by 30mm. This drop in height gives it a more contemporary styling than the tall upright stance in the previous model.  It was speculated to be based on the new VW’s MQB platform; however, the company opts for the current platform. Skoda has used VW’s technique to add a new Euro 6-rated engine lineup- 2 petrol engines and the 1.4-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine.

Likely to share its engine configuration with the Polo facelift, the new Fabia will get the 1.5-litre diesel engine which will be mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The other engines are likely to be the 1.2-litre 3-pot petrol and a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The new generation model features the same McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension found in its predecessor. It is likely to offer an impressive boot space of 330-litres which is more than sufficient to carry three bags.

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