With the next generation Skoda Fabia due for a reveal at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October this year, we learn some new details about the hatchback along with the possibility of a sedan version also on the cards. Unlike earlier reports, the 2015 Skoda Fabia will be based on the current generation platform instead of the MQB platform. Skoda though will borrow heavily from Volkswagen Group’s parts bin sharing powertrains and infotainment system seen on other VW models.
In terms of design, the next generation Skoda Fabia is expected to feature styling cues seen on the all new Octavia. Expect to see a wider grille, more angular lines and lesser curves throughout the hatchback. We could also seem hints of the Vision C concept (showcased at the Geneva Motor Show this year) also incorporated into the design of the hatchback. The next generation Fabia is more likely to remain the same in proportions, but will get a bit wider this time.
In terms of engine options, Skoda is most likely to follow the Polo and will feature the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol mill and the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine that will make its appearance soon on the Polo in India. The 1.2-litre TSI motor could also be offered, mated to a DSG automatic gearbox.
Internationally, the Fabia is available in hatchback and wagon body styles and will continue to be offered in the same models. Skoda has ruled the possibility of the RS model making a comeback on the 2015 version, but will continue to offer the Monte Carlo models internationally with sporty styling. There is also a possibility of a sedan version of the Fabia. While the sedan may not be a global offering, it is most likely to be a market specific product. Skoda had earlier revealed its plans to enter into the sub-4 metre compact sedan segment and the next generation Fabia looks like a good starting point for the company.
Volkswagen too has been mulling to enter the sub-4 metre sedan segment and the Group may share platforms to spawn their own iterations of the compact sedan. Skoda India is also working on improving the levels of localisation on the Fabia to keep the costs under check and is looking towards 80 percent of localisation on the hatchback from the current 60-65 percent. The next generation Fabia will see a 2015 launch in India.