Earlier in 2012, a DSG automatic transmission will also join the range. Offered with a manual only for the moment (and quite a good five-speed it is), the addition of the DSG will certainly broaden the Fabia's appeal.
Skoda Australia is hunting for a younger demographic generally, and younger women in particular, with its new Fabia range.
Its funky sporty looks will help, but so too will the addition of another 12 to 13 dealerships across Australia, expected to be up and branded by year's end.
With the Fabia here now, the Yeti coming next month, and the Octavia and Superb holding the middle ground, Skoda Australia may soon have the larger footprint it needs for the brand to make serious inroads.
There is certainly nothing wrong with the product, nor its competitive pricing. But, as Matthew Wiesner conceded, Skoda wants to attract buyers "not because it's just a cheaper Volkswagen".
There is further good news for the Yeti, which is to be launched to the media next month (TMR will be there).
Matthew Wiesner has confirmed that Skoda has sharpened its pencil for the entry level 2WD model. It will now be released at a $26,290 entry price, down from the $28,690 announced at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne this year.
Above: the Skoda MissionL concept, a preview of what's to come from Skoda in the next year.
- Tim O'Brien
TMR Managing Editor