Czech car maker Skoda has released the first teaser sketch of the 2015 Fabia hatchback, due to be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The 2015 Fabia will be one of the few Volkswagen group cars to retain its previous platform, in this case the PQ25 platform, instead of migrating to the new, parts and factory sharing MQB platform.
From the teaser, it is easy to discern that the 2015 Fabia is a sharper looking car, albeit with Teuton design influences similar to those of the previous model. Skoda’s new family face also finds expression in the 2015 Fabia’s exterior design. In terms of interiors, a once over is expected, with better quality materials and tweaks to the dashboard design.
The Fabia’s interiors has always been a very well put together and the new car is expected to carry on this trait. In terms of equipment, a focus on youthful buyers will see Skoda adding new infotainment and in-car connectivity options to the 2015 Fabia. The car is also expected to get more voluminous with additional room being liberated for the passengers at the rear by means of a larger cabin design, as evidenced by the extended C-Pillar.
Coming to the mechanical aspects of the 2015 Fabia, an all-turbo petrol and diesel engine line up is likely. The 2015 Fabia sold in Europe is expected to share its engines with the facelifted Polo, which means that the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder TSI turbo petrol and the 1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel motor will be the major engine choices. 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol and 1.6 liter-4 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engines could also be offered on the car.
Manual and DSG dual clutch automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered on the front wheel driven, 2015 Fabia. Skoda India may not launch the 2015 Fabia in the near term considering the company’s focus on strengthening sales of the Rapid sedan. In the future though, the 2015 Fabia may be India bound as the B-Segment hatchback space’s massive volumes are too lucrative to let go for any mass market car maker. The 2015 Fabia is expected to go on sale internationally from 2015.