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Skoda Fabia Combi Scoutline 2019: tiny wagon gets rugged makeover

The incoming Skoda Fabia has just been given a rugged makeover, with the Czech brand today revealing a Scoutline Combi wagon version of its city-sized car.

While Skoda promises more "adventure DNA", the Scoutline isn't a true adventuer in the tune of the brand's proper Scout models. Instead, it mostly just looks more adventurous.

But it does look good, right? Those wheels are 16- or 17-inch alloys, and the bigger size especially perfectly fills the Fabia's new matt black wheel arches. The side sills are now matt black, too, as is a new front spoiler, while the new rear bumper and diffuser are trimmed in silver, as are the wing mirrors and roof rails.

Elsewhere, though, this Combi Scoutline version of the 2019 Fabia benefits from the same updates revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

An update rather than an all-new model, the new Fabia gets LED lights front and rear, while the grille and headlights have been redesigned, too. Inside, expect a new set-up in the driver's binnacle, as well as new seat materials and dash trims. The 6.5-inch infotainment screen is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped, and there are USB connection points for front and backseat riders.

New safety features include auto light assist, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert. Under the bonnet, expect no change from the current line-up, with the Fabia range in Australia to make use of a pair of petrol engines (70kW and 81kW) paired with a seven-speed DSG automatic.

There's no word yet on whether the Scoutline version will join the new Fabia range when it arrives in Australia towards the end of this year.

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