2012 SKODA FABIA
Skoda's local line-up gets a much-needed boost this week with the launch of the Fabia hatch, giving the Czech brand a competitor in Australia's growing light car segment.
Kicking off the two-car range at $18,990 is the Fabia - no special variant name here - while the style-focused Monteo Carlo leads the duo at $21,990.
The Fabia and Fabia Monte Carlo are both powered by Volkswagen's 77TSI 1.2 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 77kW at 5000rpm and 175Nm of torque between 1500 and 4100rpm.
Both variants are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, with fuel consumption figures listed at 5.5 l/100km.
All manual-equipped Skoda cars include a gearshift indicator: an arrow on the dashboard screen suggests when to change gears, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient rev range.
The Fabia's three-part subframe features McPherson struts up front and a multilink arrangement at the rear. Braking is managed by ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear.
A seven-speed DSG automatic and other engine variants will be available in 2012, although exact dates have not been confirmed.
Fabia RS coming in 2012
The range will get a true master in 2012, when the performance-focused Fabia RS arrives, drawing power from the same 132kW/175Nm 1.4 litre turbo and supercharged petrol engine driving the popular Volkswagen Polo GTI.
The entry-level Fabia gets 15-inch steel wheels, leather-trim for the steering, handbrake handle and gearshift handle, along with steering-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth phone access.
Also standard is body-coloured bumpers, mirrors, door handles and side running strips, tinted windows and chrome highlights in the cabin.
Front foglights are standard, along with cruise control, a multi-function trip computer and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Optional equipment for the entry Fabia includes rear parking sensors, climate control, the 'Swing' radio system with mobile device interface (USB, mini-USB, iPod), 15-inch alloy wheels and an electric glass sunroof.
Fabia Monte Carlo
The Fabia Monteo Carlo offers a sportier option for Fabia buyers, adding 16-inch lightweight alloy wheels, smoked headlights, a black radiator grille, black roof, black wing mirror covers and a piano-black body trim.
Inside, the Monteo Carlo features a choice of black or black and red sports seats with extra side support.
There's also black roof lining, a perforated leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching and a leather handbrake and gearstick gaiter with red stitching.
Standard safety features across the two-car line-up include six airbags (dual front, front side and curtain) and electronic stability control (including ABS, ASR, EBD and Brake Assist).
2012 Skoda Fabia 77TSI - 5sp manual - $18,990
2012 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI - 5spd manual - $21,990
Note: prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include on-road costs and charges.
Metallic/Pearl effect paint $490
White roof (Fabia 77TSI only) $390
Silver roof (Fabia 77TSI only) $390
Rear parking sensors $390
Radio ‘Swing’ - 2 DIN with CD, MP3 $160
MDI - Mobile device interface (only with RAD - Swing radio) $190
Climate control air conditioning $390
Electric glass sunroof $990
Alarm system $590
Partial leather seats - leather/artificial leather/fabric (Fabia 77TSI only) $1,190
15” alloy wheels ‘Antares’ (Fabia 77TSI only) $990
Privacy glass from B pillar (Fabia 77TSI only) $190