The 2014 Paris Motor Show will be where Volkswagen group owned Czech automaker Skoda will reveal the 2015 Fabia hatchback. But before that, the interweb is likely to leak the new Fabia, what with the latest crop of spyshots depicting a “near naked” 2015 Fabia with bare minimum levels of camouflage. The car’s India launch plans remain unknown for now even as Skoda discontinued the hatchback here in 2013 on account of poor sales.
The 2015 Fabia will be based on the outgoing model’s PQ25 platform and from the looks of it, the new car doesn’t feature a dramatic departure in terms of design. Rather, the Fabia sticks to Skoda’s new family face up front with other minor design tweaks such as new headlamps and tail lamps, revised bumpers, turn indicators getting integrated into the wing mirrors and a new C-Pillar being the major changes. The new car appears to be larger than the outgoing version.
The larger exterior dimensions could translate into better interior room. Skoda has been emphasizing that the 2015 Fabia would be positioned as an entry level car aimed at youthful buyers. In line with this, the new car is expected to feature a slew of infotainment and connectivity options, designed to impress the milleannials. Given the incremental changes, the new car’s prices are likely to be similar to those of the outgoing model.
In terms of engine changes, the 2015 Fabia is expected to use the new 1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engine that the Volkswagen group has developed as a replacement to the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder TDI motor. The petrol range is expected to begin with the 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine. More powerful 1.4 liter TSI petrol and 1.6 liter TDI diesel engines will be available on the higher-spec 2015 Fabia sold in Europe. 5 speed manual and 7 speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearboxes could be a part of the mix in terms of transmission options for the 2015 Fabia.
Spyshots courtesy CarScoops