The next-generation Fabia which is regarded as the revamped supermini got Skoda’s new boss really thrilled. Some might be confused with the mention of Skoda’s new boss. Just in case you haven’t heard, Skoda now has a new boss.
Next-generation Fabia Preview
Thomas Schafer, who was the former head of VW Group’s operations in South Africa, took after Bernhard Maier as CEO of the Czech brand which is headquartered in Mlada Boleslav. An interview has been published with the head honcho by the company’s media site. Asking him about what direction the brand will take going forward.
As Thomas Schafer said he will go with the strategy 2025 which was laid by his predecessor. Skoda’s new CEO promised that he will implement his own ideas that will take the successful brand to the next level. He explains further by saying that the plan is to go after the Japanese, Korean, and the french automakers, by tackling more entry-level segments. And this is in a bid to expand the customer base.
That’s when Schafer explained briefly by mentioning the next-generation Fabia. Thereby announcing that the next-generation supermini will hit the market in 2021. He didn’t actually explain deeper, as he only said “it’ll be a great car”. And also that his expectations are high for the revamped Fabia. The revamped subcompact hatchback is however expected to switch to the MBQ A0 platform. This platform has underpinned its sister models, the SEAT Ibiza and VWPolo, along with the fancier Audi 1.
Expect the Fabia to come with a three-cylinder gasoline engine as it is unlikely to get the Polo GTI’s 2.0 TSI which was shared with the top-spec A1.
Engine and Transmission
These days, a diesel engine in Europe’s B- segment doesn’t make that much of a sense anymore.
Keep in expectancy naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.0-liter engines that will be hooked up to five and six-speed manual gearboxes and seven-speed, dual-clutch auto transmission but depending on the powertrain. After debuting on the new Octavia late last year, the mild-hybrid tech could trickle down to the Fabia. With this, the fuel consumption will be reduced to please the regulators.
The next-generation Fabia should however be bigger and roomier than it’s VAG counterparts. Skoda is all about practicality at an attainable price. It’ll also be quite interesting to see if the wagon will obtain a new generation. Considering there’s now the Kamiq crossover. Meanwhile, we are hoping the long-roof model, most especially since SEAT axed the Ibiza ST with the latest model and Renault also did the same with the Clio Estate.
The supermini Skoda Fabia should undercut it’s Spanish and German cousins. But not by much as the price gap has been shrinking in recent years.
The RS hot hatch might probably return with the next-generation as per a statement which was made by a company official roughly two years ago, but that remains to be seen.