New-gen Skoda Fabia is revealed to make a global debut next year, according to Thomas Schafer, Skoda's new CEO.
In the latest interview, Skoda’s new CEO, Thomas Schafer has given out some important details of the brand’s future plan. According to the new CEO, Skoda is targeting to expand the entry-level segment portfolio as a way to broaden the customer base. In the same interview, the new boss also revealed that the new-gen Skoda Fabia will be launched next year.
In pictures - 2019 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo
As far as we know, the new Skoda Fabia will be based on the MQB AO platform used on the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1. Under the hood, it is likely that the new-gen Fabia will use the 3-cylinder petrol engine which is powering the Polo, Nivus, T-Cross, and Seat Ibiza. In all likelihood, it is unlikely that Volkswagen will offer the GTI 2.0 TSI engine powering the top-spec Audi A1 on the new-gen Fabia. The transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT and 7-speed DCT. It is expected that the 2021 Skoda Fabia will be a petrol-only model.
In addition, Skoda might introduce a mild-hybrid technology which is currently available on the Octavia on the upcoming Fabia. The mild-hybrid system will help to increase the fuel efficiency of the drivetrain as well as cut down the emission of the vehicle. In line with Skoda’s existing strategy, Skoda Fabia is expected to be roomier and larger compared to its rivals in the market. It is not clear if Skoda will launch the Wagon version along with the new-gen Fabia as what they do on the Kqamid crossover.
Skoda Fabia is currently on available in the Indian market. It appears that Skoda has no intention to bring this model to the Indian market at least in the next couple of years. However, Skoda has other plans for our market. In the first half of 2021, the Czech car brand will launch the first model to be based on Vision IN platform, which is expected to be a mid-sized SUV. In late 2021, Skoda will launch the new-gen Skoda Rapid.