This October, the third generation of the Fabia will be one of the must-see new releases at the Paris Motor Show. As the first photos of the camouflaged prototypes show, we shouldn't expect a real revolution in terms of style. The Fabia seems to be a few precious centimetres longer, but it still bears a family resemblance to the current model.
In concrete terms, the headlamps are more geometric, the front grill has been slimmed down, and the windows seem more streamlined. The rear doors now have the small fin that has become the brand's trademark on its latest creations: notably the Rapid and Octavia. Lastly, the cabin should logically be smart, functional and perhaps a little bit sexier.
Under the body, the chassis of this small Skoda will, of course, not be entirely new. It should be much like that of the recent Volkswagen Polo. Still, the Fabia will probably have to do without some of the technologies found on its cousin, such as the adaptive sports suspension.
Under the hood, the Fabia will be able to count on modern mechanics borrowed from the Polo. In the petrol range, there should be a naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine at the entry level, and then four-cylinder turbos. For diesel, we can count on the recent three-cylinder 1.4 TDI with two different power levels: 75 and 90 horsepower.
Finally, we can note that this Fabia will also be one of the rare city cars available in an estate version; its Combi version should be appearing in showrooms in 2015.
So, does this Fabia fit your idea of a small, multi-purpose family car?