Skoda has revealed the new Fabia supermini ahead of the third generation car’s world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The bigger, bolder new Fabia, which will go on sale in 2015, has been designed under the watch of head designer Jozef Kabaň, who says the focus in creating the new Fabia was on making a sportier car with crisper design.
“The result is a fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment.” Bold claims but proof of Skoda’s high hopes for the new Fabia – the current model is its second-best selling car overall.
While obviously an evolutionary design, the new Fabia has a flatter and wider look than today’s tall and narrow-looking model. Kabaň also points to the “sharp edges, clear lines and… crystalline design elements”.
These, he explained, “pay homage to the Czech tradition of glass art”.
The new Fabia has cleaner sides, stronger shoulders and a kick in the base of the rear window that echoes the family look also seen in the latest Skoda Octavia. The new headlights and grille also reflect the latest Skoda look, as does the heavily contoured bonnet.
At the rear, tidy rear lights and a fulsome-look boot make it look much more substantial; note how the tailgate also carries the pressed-in triangles of other Skoda models. This angle also shows the tapering of the side shoulderline over front and rear wheelarches, something also seen in premium Audis and an expensive-to-engineer feature that’s an impressive addition.
The new Skoda Fabia will come in 15 different body colours and offer a design pack that adds contrast colours to the roof, wheels and door mirrors.
Skoda will give the new Fabia its official world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, before launching it in the UK in early 2015. More details, including technical details and exact dimensions of the claimed “class-leading” boot will be revealed in the build up to the show.