The new Fabia cars will premiere at this week’s Paris Motor Show, arriving as the long-coming replacement for the now seven year-old second-generation range.
Sharing the bulk of its styling with the hatch model, the new Fabia wagon (‘Combi’ in overseas markets) joins the wider Skoda range in introducing a sharpened look for the Volkswagen-owned Czech brand.
Overall, the new Fabia wagon is 10mm longer, 90mm wider and 31mm lower than its predecessor. There’s a 30mm wider track, and the wheelbase has also grown by 5mm.
And, despite its growth in size, Skoda claims the new Fabia wagon is up to 55kg lighter than the outgoing model.
The new design sees the Fabia’s interior space and haul-lugging capacity improved.
Skoda promises greater occupant space in the new wagon, thanks to a 21mm wider and 8mm longer cabin design.
With the second row seats in their upright position, rear storage space is up from 480 in the outgoing model to 530 in this new generation.
But, while basic capacity has increased, the seats-down volume has shrunk from 1485 to 1395 litres for the new model.
The new Fabia also boasts 17 new “Simply Clever” functions, including an optional dual-level boot floor, an ice scraper stored in the fuel filler flap, and seven drink bottle holders.
Among the Fabia wagon’s features is an XDS+ electronic differential lock, front and rear parking assistant, and a Rain-Light assistant.
In Europe, the new wagon’s engine options will include petrol engines ranging in output from 55 to 80kW, and diesel units ranging from 55 to 77kW. Manual and DSG auto transmissions will be offered.
The new Fabia range will make its Australian debut in mid to late 2015.