Skoda Fabia 2018 revealed ahead of Geneva

Spencer Leech
Contributing Journalist
GoAutoMedia

9 Feb 2018 • 3 min read

Skoda has unveiled its facelifted Fabia in the lead-up to its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The Czech light car will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year with sharper styling and a comprehensive technology injection.

The Fabia now incorporates LED lights at both front and rear, and the signature grille and rear bodywork have been treated to a more angular design.

Buyers will have a wider choice of alloy wheels, including 18-inch rims for the hatchback body style.

Safety-wise, the latest Fabia will offer the latest suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist technologies including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and auto-switching high-beam headlamps.

The Fabia has also undergone changes inside, with a redesigned instrument cluster, two-tone finishes for the seats and new trim highlights for the dashboard.

The 'Swing' infotainment system has been updated to include a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard, though buyers will have to fork out a bit extra for the sat nav system that features real-time traffic information.

As usual, Skoda has embraced its 'Simply Clever' tagline, offering USB ports for the rear-seat passengers, a double-sided boot mat, a tyre-tread measuring tool and a portable LED flashlight for wagon variants.

  • Australia-bound Fabias will carry over their existing powertrains. Australia-bound Fabias will carry over their existing powertrains.
  • The new Fabia features a reversing camera and auto emergency braking (AEB) up to 30km/h. The new Fabia features a reversing camera and auto emergency braking (AEB) up to 30km/h.

Like the previous model, the new Fabia features a reversing camera and auto emergency braking (AEB) up to 30km/h.

For the European market, the Fabia will be offered with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder powertrain, producing 44kW and 55kW in the lower-spec naturally-aspirated variants.

Range-topping models add forced-induction, pushing the Fabia's outputs to 70kW and 81kW.

Australia-bound Fabias will carry over their existing powertrains; a 70kW TSI petrol engine matched to a six-speed manual, and an 81kW 1.2-litre four-cylinder paired with a seven-speed DSG.

The facelifted Fabia will make its in-the-metal debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off on March 8.

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