Skoda has revealed the all-new fourth-generation Fabia, which will arrive in the UK in 2022.
It sits on the same VW Group shared platform as the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, enabling engineers to boost comfort levels and introduce new driver assistance technologies.
Skoda says the Fabia is now the largest supermini in its segment at more than 4.0m in length, having grown by 111mm when compared to its predecessor.
The increased dimensions allow for improved passenger space but also a larger boot. Luggage capacity for the newcomer is 380 litres.
From launch, the familiar S, SE and SE L trim grades will be offered, while a sportier Monte Carlo variant is expected to follow later.
The engine line-up will consist of 1.0-litre three cylinder and 1.5-litre for cylinder VW Group units. Power outputs of 65-150PS are expected, with CO2 emissions starting from 114g/km.
It’s unlikely there will be any electrified versions offered.
Skoda claims the new Fabia’s body has been developed to reduce drag which, in conjunction with a new active grille shutter, leads to improved fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and also reduced cabin noise.
On the inside, the cabin has been designed around a central infotainment touchscreen, offered in sizes up to 9.2-inches. There is also the option of a fully digital instrument cluster for the first time.
Comfort features such as a heated windscreen and heated steering wheel make their debut on the new model for the first time, while Travel Assist – the VW Group’s adaptive cruise control and lane keeping package – also features.
This can be activated at the touch of a button and combines several assistance systems to automatically adjust the speed of the car and keep it in lane. There is also a blind spot monitoring system that warns the driver of vehicles that are up to 70m away.
In keeping with the rest of the Skoda range, the new Fabia implements a variety of ‘Simply Clever’ features, designed to make day-to-day use easier. These include an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge, a car park ticket holder on the A-pillar and an umbrella in the driver’s door.
Prices and specification for the new model are yet to be confirmed but it’s estimated that the car will cost from £14,500 when it goes on sale next year.