The Skoda Fabia might not have enjoyed the success of its VW cousin the Polo, but it has garnered many fans in the country. However, internationally, the Fabia is a huge name, especially in the world of rallying. The compact dimensions and incredible handling makes it one of the few everyday hatchbacks that car-lovers absolutely adore.
And now, Skoda is all set to launch an all-new model. The fourth-generation Fabia is set to take the baton from the current one and make big strides while doing so. It is expected to be bigger, bolder, and overall a much better car this time around.
The production version isn’t out yet, but if the sketches are to be believed, it is looking to be on the right track.
The design language is quite the departure from the previous version which was curvy and rounded. The upcoming one seems to have sharp edges and plenty of angles. The front end is aggressive and packed with creases but it retains the typical Skoda touches with the familiar grille. Then you have the angular fog lamp housings and the sharp headlamps and powerlines on the bonnet that again, make it recognizable as a Skoda.
The profile, of course, is accentuated by the massive alloy wheels, but these of course are initial sketches. However, the sharp theme along with bold lines on the body does not go unnoticed. The rear too is equally striking with the highlight being the wraparound LED taillamps reminiscent of the Skoda SUVs like the Kodiaq and Karoq. Thanks to the adaptation of VW’s MQB-A0 platform, dimensionally, the new Fabia is set to be 111mm longer, and 48mm wider than the outgoing model. There is also the addition of 50-litres in boot space that is sure to come in handy.
Even the interior sketches are out that gives a glimpse of the cabin of the new Fabia. The straight lines continue here and the centre console is dominated by a big touchscreen. The horizontal character lines are what will give the cabin a wide and airy appeal. The other switches seem to be inspired by the current Skoda lineup, but a piece of good news for eager drivers is the manual handbrake. Something we expect to not be used just for parking the car. Then there is also the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, which has become a norm now, and the two-spoke steering wheel adding the final modern touches.
When it will make it to the Indian shores is still unknown, but when it does, it will certainly give the current premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai i20, Maruti Baleno, and its dated cousin the VW Polo a run for their money.