Skoda has given its Fabia light car range a light going-over for the 2017 model year, with the revised model scoring a new 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
The engine is the same TSI unit used by others in the Volkswagen Group family, and is also destined to power the updated Rapid which was revealed last month.
The powerplant will replace the current 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine but continues to provide customers with a choice of two power outputs - 70kW/160Nm or 81kW/200Nm - driving the front wheels.
Power has risen 4kW for the lower-spec engine compared to the outgoing 1.2 litre unit but torque remains unchanged, while the situation is reversed with the upper-spec engine which instead gets a boost in torque - up 25Nm.
A five-speed manual is available with the 70kW unit, while the 81kW engine offers a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions for European markets.
From rest, the 70kW unit can propel the Fabia to 100km/h in 10.6 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than before), on its way to a top speed of 185km/h.
The 81kW unit is a full 1.1 seconds faster to 100km/h, and carries a top speed of 196km/h.
The smaller capacity brings improvements to both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, with the 70kW unit rated at 4.3 l/100km (down from 4.6 l/100km in the outgoing 1.2 litre engine) and the 81kW unit sipping 4.4 l/100km for the manual and 4.5 l/100km for the DSG auto.
In selected markets, Skoda’s Connect Services, including Infotainment Online and Care Connect, is now optional.
Connected Services brings real-time info on congestion, nearby facilities (such as service stations), parking and emergency services or breakdown connectivity. It can even provide general news and weather, and syncs with the Skoda Connect app.
Beyond the electronics, Skoda will provide owners with a handy umbrella, stowed under the front seats, and an ice scraper stored on the fuel door.
Safety features include Front Assist with autonomous emergency braking at city speeds, adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection, tyre pressure monitoring and Skoda’s multi-collision braking system.
The 2017 Skoda Fabia will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and is expected to arrive in Australia around the middle of the year. Local specifications for 2017 are still to be finalised.
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