Skoda Australia has introduced drive-away pricing for its slow-selling Fabia, with the Czech light car now ranging from $16,990 for the entry-level 70TSI up to $26,990 for the range-topping Monte Carlo 81TSI wagon.
The model year update sees a handful of new optional features including blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and LED head- and tail-lights.
All Australian Skoda models come with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, and now offer three and five-year capped-price servicing packages which cost $760 and $1600 respectively.
Just under 600 examples of the Fabia were sold to the end of August, which translates to a 27.5 per cent drop compared to the same period in 2017.
This puts it 12th in the sub-$25,000 light-car segment, behind models including the Hyundai Accent (10,842 units), Mazda2 (7748), Toyota Yaris (6473) and the Suzuki Swift (5495).
The Fabia retains its 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which can be matched with a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG).
In manual guise, the Fabia delivers 70kW/160Nm, however the output is bumped up to 81kW/200Nm with the self-shifter.
Three grades are available, 70TSI, 81TSI and Monte Carlo 81TSI, each offered in wagon and sedan body styles.
The range-topping Monte Carlo is exclusively available with the automatic transmission, however the 70TSI and 81TSI offer the DSG at a $3000 premium.
Standard gear includes a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six-speaker sound system, front LED daytime running lights, height and reach-adjustable leather steering wheel, six airbags, front assist, city emergency brake, rearview camera and a low tyre pressure indicator.
Opting for the 'Sports Pack', which is priced at $1800, affords customers unique 16-inch alloy wheels, black cosmetic touches, sports suspension, rear parking sensors, a flat bottom steering wheel, tinted windows and cruise control.
The 'Premium Sports Pack' ($3600) adds adaptive cruise control, advanced keyless entry, climate control, fatigue detection, DAB+ digital radio and rear USB ports.
Meanwhile, a 'Vision Pack' is also available, which consists of adaptive LED headlights, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, LED tail-lights, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
The range-topping Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo is distinguished by 17-inch black alloys, a unique body kit and badging, front foglights, sports seats, sports pedals, flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, LED rear lights, sports suspension, cruise control and a special instrument cluster.
2018 Skoda Fabia driveaway pricing
Skoda Fabia 70TSI hatch – manual – $16,990
Skoda Fabia 70TSI wagon – manual – $18,490
Skoda Fabia 81TSI hatch – automatic – $19,990
Skoda Fabia 81TSI wagon – automatic – $21,490
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 81TSI hatch – automatic – $25,490
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 81TSI wagon – automatic – $26,990
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