The 2015 Skoda Fabia will be the first B+ segment hatchback from the Volkswagen group to hop onto the MQB platform. Dubbed NVQ by Skoda, the MQB-A platform on which the Fabia will be based is a parts and production sharing exercise with the view of cutting costs. Affordable cars that are light and feature loaded will be what the MQB platform will translate into, for the average car buyer out there.
The 2015 Fabia will be the pre-cursor of the 2015 all-new Volkswagen Polo, a car which will share the MQB-A platform with the new Fabia. The 2015 Fabia is likely to make an appearance at the 2015 Paris Motor Show, as the official press release from Skoda indicates an Autumn 2014 unveil timeline for the new car. The new Fabia is likely to get an all-turbo petrol and diesel engine line up, in keeping with Volkswagen’s strategy of retiring naturally aspirated engines.
New additions on the 2015 Fabia are likely to be the 1 liter-3 cylinder TSI turbo petrol and the 1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engines. These engines have already made their debuts on the facelifted 2014 Volkswagen Polo. The new Fabia is likely to feature a design inspired by the S2000 rally going versions in order to appeal to a younger set of buyers. The features and interiors on the 2015 Fabia are also expected to be tailored to suit a younger audience.
It remains to be seen whether Skoda will bring the new MQB based Fabia to India now that the outgoing model has already been discontinued here on account of poor sales. Given that the 2015 Polo based on the MQB platform is India bound, adding the Fabia to the production line will help the Volkswagen group achieve volumes of scale. Therefore, the case for the 2015 Fabia making its debut next year is quite a strong one.
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