Snapshot: Skoda will use an offshoot of the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform for the next-generation version of the 2015 Fabia hatchback. The 2015 Fabia, in concept guise, will be showcased at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March. The next-gen Fabia will use the NVQ platform, the name given to the offshoot of the MQB platform. The Fabia will share the NVQ platform with the next-generation versions of the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza. The NVQ platform is Skoda’s internal name for the MQB-A platform.
Although Skoda India has discontinued the Fabia hatchback from the Indian car market, demand for this hatchback across international markets continues to be strong. In line with that, development of the next-generation, 2015 Fabia is afoot. The new Fabia is likely to be longer and wider than the current-generation model, a common trait that cars based on the MQB platform share. The Fabia will also get the Volkswagen group’s revised range of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines, designed to work with the MQB platform.
These engines are likely to have more power and torque outputs than the current range of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines that the Fabia is available with. Manual and DSG dual clutch automatic gearboxes will make it to the next-generation Fabia given the fact that the Volkswagen Polo – a sister model of the Fabia – will feature these transmission options. The 2015 Fabia’s design will adopt Skoda’s new design language with tweaks to make the design more youth centric.
Design cues from the Skoda Fabia S2000 rally car are likely to make it to the 2015 Fabia, resulting in a more squat and sporty looking car. Apart from a youth-centric design, the new 2015 Fabia is also said to feature advanced, in-car connectivity options in keeping with the digital times we live in today. Skoda India hasn’t revealed plans of re-launching the next-generation Fabia in India. However, given the void created in Skoda India’s entry level car offerings by the discontinuation of the current-gen Fabia, the new model seems a likely bet for the Indian market. If Skoda India makes its mind up to launch the 2015 Fabia here, expect the hatchback to land in 2015.