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March 14, 2015: Skoda might have discontinued Fabia from Indian auto sector but if recent media report are to be believed, the company is planning to relaunch the hatch in a premium avatar. Fabia launched in 2011 has failed to put exciting numbers in sales chart and with this new ‘premium avatar' move, the automaker might want to change that for sure. The Fabia which was showcased at the Paris Motor Show, houses a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder and 1.2 liter 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine and 1.4 liter diesel engine in different state of tunes, all Euro 6 compliant. The engines are capable of saving upto 17% more fuel than the outgoing model, thanks to the advance start-stop and brake energy recovery system, that comes standard across all variants.
Skoda Fabia is considered India's first Super Hatch by its manufacturers. The car has a huge passenger and cargo space designed with premium looks. It is comfortable and has as much room like any big luxury car . Skoda Fabia comes in petrol and diesel variants. With its dynamic and stylish looks, it is in great demand these days. The look of the Skoda Fabia is very robust, sporty and aggressive that attracts a huge crowd towards it.
Skoda Auto, the Czech manufacturer of the Volkswagen Group is known to develop and manufacture premium automobiles for the world market. From the year 2001, Skoda Auto's Indian operations began and the company has not looked back ever since. In the year 2008, Skoda introduced its second generation Fabia in India. This 5-door large hatchback has been a successful model with over 15 lakh units sold in Europe and other countries. In 2012, the car maker launched rugged variant of Fabia and christened it Skoda Fabia Scout.
The car with its elegant exteriors and interiors sheds style and sophistication. The exterior of the Skoda Fabia with sleek body graphics and chrome finishing radiator grille makes the look more dynamic and sporty. The logo on the bonnet of the car exhibits its brand value. The roomy and spacious interiors of the car are very impressive with dual tone interior makes the look more stylish and classy. The overall look of the Skoda Fabia is very elegant and irresistible.
New Skoda Fabia is available with three engine options including 1.2 litre-MPI-75 bhp petrol engine, 1.2 litre TDI-CR-75 bhp diesel and 1.6 litre-MPI-105 bhp petrol engine . These models are available with various variants each (with the sub names Active, Ambition and Elegance). All the variants are mated with five speed manual gearbox and are essentially front wheel drive. The newly added members in Fabia family, Skoda Fabia Scout MPI and TDI are powered by the same petrol and diesel engines, respectively. These high-end models sit on the top of basic Fabia model line-up.
Skoda Fabia has a chassis that has a sophisticated front McPherson strut suspension along with a strong lower A-arm and non-independent rear suspension. Skoda has kept the condition of Indian roads in the forefront while designing Skoda Fabia for the Indian market. The braking system of the Skoda Fabia is now added with Engine Braking System (EBS) that co-exists with ABS and dual rate brake assist. Each variant comes with front dual airbags for enhanced safety. The new Fabia has got reworked wider front fog lamps, smiley face lower air intake, 14 inch alloy wheels. The interior of the car sports chrome decor, ivory colour, new checkered upholstery that certainly adds a beauty quotient to the car.
The new Skoda Fabia Scout India has specific features which make it a completely new experience and suits customers looking for something unique. The looks that Scout carries are rugged and urban. It has spacious interiors with leather seats and manly exteriors. New Fabia Scout is perfect for Indian roads because of its peripheral body cladding, roof rails and bumper spoiler & diffuser which will save the hatchback from dents, scratches and mud. New set of projector beam headlamps adorn the front while stainless steel pedals find their way in the cabin. Integrated audio player, power windows, remote locking, tinted glasses are present in Skoda Fabia Scout also as they are present in other Fabia variants.
Skoda Fabia is a very sporty and aggressive car with dynamic looks that are of appealing nature. The design of the car makes it class apart from its peers. Fabia's wide look is enhanced by its tight-fitting roof, stretched halogen headlamps – a blend of aesthetics and functionality and its big chrome bar with classy looks. The alloy wheels with wide tyres all the more enhance the overall appeal.
The exterior looks of Skoda Fabia are very chic with sleek Skoda contours on bonnet and smooth blend of functionality. The first glance attraction in Skoda Fabia is the impressive Chrome finish front grille with fins attached vertically. The front bumper with lip spoiler takes the cake away. Not only the front but the car is very much attractive with elegant side profile and back view. Body colour external mirrors and door handles just take the look on cloud nine. The black decorative foil on the pillars gives that extra bit of style and elegance to this Super hatch and makes it very irresistible.
One will definitely fall in love with this Super hatch in just one glance with its dynamic alloy wheels and the classy multi- reflector fog lamps extending towards the sides for the clear vision. The elegant headlight of the car beside the front grille makes the look of the Skoda Fabia more sporty and robust. The tail lights give a very impactful look to its exterior.
The new Skoda Fabia has got frontal makeover that is hard to see for a general car buyer, but yes, the alteration provides the car more character. The lower portion gets a smiley air dam and wider fog lamps along with slight dimensional changes in the upper part of the bonnet. The older fog lamps sat at the corner of the wide cluster while the new Skoda Fabia gets fog lamps spread across the rectangular slots. However, no noticeable change is there at the rear side. If you say that the new model has got no considerable changes in terms of its exterior appearance, we would have to agree with you.
However, facially what can be said different is the new Skoda Fabia Scout. The hatchback has been made more chic, stylish and edgier. The front fascia of the new Skoda Fabia Scout has been blessed with a silver colored chin spoiler integrated in the front bumper whereas the rear bumper features a silver diffuser. The peripheral body cladding is just close to perfect and blends in well with the entire theme of the hatchback. The front and back bumpers are wrapped with protective cladding; even doors, sill and wheel arch are not devoid of it. The front door sill comes with 'Scout' inscribed on it. The Scout badge even comes on boot lid. The segment first projector beam headlamps are strong and give the driver a perfect view of the road at night. Roof rails impart that tough look to the newly done car that looks like a mini off-roader.
Skoda Fabia is a spacious four-wheeler with 4000 mm length and 1642 mm width . Even if you enter the small car, your head would not hit the roof because the height stands at 1522 mm. A decent wheelbase of 2465 mm proves the decree of inner comfort of the car. Ground clearance of 158 mm keeps the bumpers quite far from chassis. The kerb weight of 1070 is more or less standard in all hatchbacks available in India. A turning circle diameter of 9.8 mm provides quick turns on congested Indian roads. The fuel tank of Fabia can intake a maximum of 45 litre of fuel at a time. Skoda Fabia Scout is the brand new variant launched by Skoda India. The hatchback has been proportionately carved out and stretched out to 4032mm in length. The 1557mm height of Skoda Fabia Scout and 1658mm of width nicely complements the length of the car and help the hatchback to look well-proportioned and balanced.
Skoda Fabia is a very stylish and elegant car with impressive interior that makes the look of the car very classy and unmatched. Skoda Fabia’s interior is comfortable, innovative and you feel a sense of safety inside. The room and spaciousness of the car makes you feel very open and with the premium touch, the experience of hatchback turns into a royal and luxurious one .
The interiors of Skoda Fabia have an impressive dual tone design with multi-textured seat fabrics giving it a lavish feeling. The active variants feature Onyx-Grey fabric while Ambition and Elegance trims follow Ivory colored fabric for seats. The instrument panel displays current time, outdoor temperature, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance traveled, time driven and average speed range. The silver finish gear lever knobs and frames make the look of the interior much more extraordinary. The availability of inner door handles and hand brake safety knobs give more style and class to the Skoda Fabia.
With extended headroom and legroom, the car ensures more comfort and driving pleasure. The height adjustable front seats make the style of the car livelier. Some other key features include a remote keyless entry for one-touch lock and unlock, electronically adjustable and heated outside rear view mirrors and front and rear power windows. The Climatic air conditioning enabled in Skoda Fabia ensures perfect comfort inside the car. The new Skoda Fabia comes with new checkered upholstery that enhances the premium appeal of the vehicle. The car also features power steering, power windows, automatic door locking system, large multi functional display and front sun visors. One can find chrome decor for gear-shift selector, frame of gear-shift lever, air conditioning duct sliders, locking button of hand-brake lever in mid and high end variants of car.
Skoda India has always made its cars utterly comfortable and luxurious and Skoda Fabia Scout is no less. The interiors have a lush feel and are comfortable at the same time. Scout variants are also decorated with Ivory Ivory interiors with dual tone Onyx/Ivory soft dashboard, Ivory centre console and door panels along with Ivory upholstery. The sporty steel pedal set along with door sill trims give the car a very chic and sophisticated feel. The dashboard is quite appealing and the integrated music system like normal Fabia helps in making the journey entertaining and relaxing. Leather wrapped steering wheel, Leather wrapped gear-shift selector and Leather wrapped hand-brake lever are some features specific to Skoda Fabia Scout.
Skoda Fabia is a very comfortable car with a swathe of comfort and pleasure. The car is packed with many advanced comfortable features to make the drive very peaceful and hassle free. The car, with its look, style, interiors and exteriors has an array of comfort features that appeal to a great extent to the car lovers.
The Telescopic Power steering of the Skoda Fabia with height and reach adjustments give the comfort and driving pleasure to all kind of drivers and one can adjust and customize his position according to his needs. The Anti glare inside rear view mirror helps the driver to concentrate in driving without any obstacles or distractions of harsh rays of lights by the mirror. The availability of height adjustable front seats gives a comfortable driving experience without any cramps while sitting which is generally common in hatchback cars but not in Skoda Fabia. Some other comfort features are Climatic air conditioner, seat belts, ample room space, boot space, audio system for pleasure, etc.
Other worth mentioning comfort features of Skoda Fabia include large multi functional display, front and rear power windows, tinted windows and windscreen, 2 DIN audio player, rear AC vents, central locking , remote locking and unlocking doors and boot lid, automatic locking of doors on overrun speed, front and rear reading centre lamp, glovebox and boot illumination, 12V power socket in centre console, front sun visors, vanity mirrors, spacious luggage compartment, completely folding rear seat backrest, front and rear cup holders, front bottle holder, coat hooks at rear, ticket holder on A pillar, removable rear parcel shelf with twin level adjustment, etc.
The storage capacity of Skoda Fabia is 315 litre. There are times when a lot of luggage needs to be transferred from one place to another. In such cases, one can fold the rear seat of this hatchback and make space for keeping luggage of the volume of 1180 litre.
The acceleration of car is generally dependant on the power and torque the car has. Skoda Fabia is also a car with great acceleration and power in both its variants- petrol and diesel. The new Skoda Fabia ensures more power and acceleration accordingly; the new models are more powerful installed with finer technologies. Let's have a look at the engine outputs of all the new three powertrains. The 1.2 litre, MPI, DOHC, in line 3 cylinder, 1198cc, liquid cooled petrol engine that produces top power value of 75 bhp (5 bhp more than older one) at 5400 rpm and churns out peak torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 15 seconds. The higher end petrol engine, 1.6 L MPI has 4 cylinders, 1598cc piston displacement, DOHC and liquid cooling system, this powerplant develops maximum power of 105 bhp at 2550 rpm and 153 NM of torque at 3800 rpm and speeds up from nil to 100 kmph in 14 seconds . Both the petrol engines is capable of taking Skoda Fabia to a top speed of 160 kmph. The new Skoda Fabia is also offered with diesel engine option; the 1.2 litre, TDI CR, 3 cylinder, DOHC, turbocharged diesel mill returns 75 bhp of peak power at 4200 rpm and deliver max torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. This particular engined Fabia scores a century in terms of acceleration in 17 seconds. This super refined diesel engine can attain a top speed of 185 kmph . With the help of manual 5 speed fully synchronised gearbox, you are sure to get impressive acceleration.
Skoda Auto has reworked to introduce new Skoda Fabia and the end result is amazing in terms of powertrain output; the new Skoda Fabia comes in three different engine options that include two petrol and one diesel mill. The model range has a new base petrol engine that is a 1.2 litre, MPI, 1198cc, DOHC, In line 3 cylinder engine that cranks out a top power output of 75 bhp at 5400 rpm and lays out top torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm . The other petrol engine delivers more power and torque than its base model, this is the 1.6 litre, MPI, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 1598cc is capable enough to crank out highest power of 105 bhp at 2550 rpm and belts out maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm.
The new Skoda Fabia diesel model specifications read: 1.2 litre, TDI CR, 3 cylinder, DOHC , turbocharged, high pressure direct injection, liquid cool; the diesel engine develops a top power of 75 bhp at 4200 rpm and pumps out a peak torque value of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. All the models sports manual five speed fully synchronised gearbox. Even Skoda Fabia Scout comes with the same 1.2 litre petrol and diesel engine configurations, respectively.
The all new Skoda Fabia comes in three engines including petrol and diesel. The 1.2 litre in line 3 cylinder, liquid cooled petrol engine delivers a good 16.4 kmpl. Another petrol engine is configured with 1.6 MPI, 1598cc, in line 4 cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooling system; it accounts for low mileage figure of 14.8 kmpl;. The newly added 1.2 TDI CR, DOHC, in line 3 cylinder, direct injection, liquid cooled, turbocharged diesel engine is more powerful that cranks out superb mileage of 20.9 kmpl . All the new Skoda Fabia mills are coupled with manual five speed fully synchronised gearboxes. If one compares this mileage to segment leader Maruti Swift’s mileage one will see that its petrol version delivers 14.4-18.6 kmpl of mileage while Swift’s agile diesel engine delivers 22.9-23.8 kmpl of mileage. So one can observe that petrol version is superior to Swift but diesel Fabia is inferior to Swift.
As far as power delivery of the new Skoda Fabia models is talked about, they are now more powerful and delivers the best ever results. In comparison to the older versions, the New Skoda Fabia petrol and diesel models give 5 bhp and 7 bhp more power respectively. This also indicates that acceleration has grown up to a considerable level. The new base 1.2 litre MPI petrol engine incorporates in line 3 cylinders, DOHC, and liquid cool system; the combined result is better max power that is 75 bhp at 5400 rpm while it pumps out torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm . The 1.6 litre MPI, 1598cc, DOHC, in line 4 cylinder, liquid cooled petrol engine effortlessly lays out 105 bhp of max power at 2550 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm . The diesel engine of the New Skoda Fabia - 1.2 L, TDI CR, DOHC, 3 cylinder, turbocharged- generates highest power of 75 bhp at 4200 rpm and 180 Nm at 2000 rpm . The innovative manual 5 speed fully synchronised gearbox is mated to each New model.
Skoda Fabia is impressive even in the 'entertainment' bit and provides a CD/MP3, - Skoda Beat 2 DIN audio player -with large graphic display and auxiliary audio input to use portable audio players. This classy audio system will give you a great driving pleasure and comfort wherein you can tune in your favorite numbers while driving. There are four quality speakers in the car. A 12V power socket is provided in the centre console. Some variants come with Aftermarket audio preparation 1-DIN with cable and connector.
The new Skoda Fabia comes with stunning manual AC; AC vents are also fitted at rear under front passenger seats; dust and pollen filter also find their place in the car. Front sun visors, Vanity mirror with cover in front sun visors, foldable roof handles at front and rear and lights-on acoustic signal are standard across the variants.
Skoda Fabia has a front axle McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer and compound link crank-axle. The sound braking system of Skoda Fabia is hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted. The front brakes are disc brakes with inner cooling and with single/piston floating caliper. The rear brakes are drum brakes. The steering system is a direct rack and pinion steering with electro hydraulic power steering . This sound braking system helps the Skoda Fabia in de-accelerating when moving in a high speed. The ABS (Anti Lock Braking System) is also very useful and prevents wheel locking in case of sudden braking.
With the increasing number of vehicle on road, safety measures are the one should ensure before buying a car. The Skoda Fabia is no exception to this, with an array of safety measures; it is one of the safest cars on roads. The availability of ABS (ANTI LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM) helps in prevention of locking of wheel in abrupt braking.
The Motor Speed Regulation (MSR) and the Engine Braking Control (EBC) are one of its kinds that provide greater safety in halting and good handling of the car. The dual front airbag for driver and front passenger with seat belt pretensioners gives a cushioning effect and minimizes the impact of collision. The seat belt works with the seat pretensioners and also helps to reduce the impact of injury in case of crash.
The dynamic constructed chassis, optimal suspension and power steering ensures easy handling of the car in any type of circumstances. All the engines of Skoda Fabia are combined with a manual five-speed gearbox. It is distinctive for a short travel and precise, easy shifts also the tall gearing ratios lead to lesser gear-shifts and lower motor noise at high speeds. So the driving becomes effortless and relaxed even at high speeds.
Skoda Fabia Active and Skoda Fabia Ambition run on 14 inch steel wheels with Comros full wheel cover of size 5.0J x 14". They have tyre of size 175/70 R14. On the other hand, the top-end Skoda Fabia Elegance and Skoda Fabia Scout boasts of its royal alloy wheels. The 15 inch alloy wheels measure 6.0J x 15" . The tyre size is this case is 185/60.
1. Performance of 1.6-litre petrol mill is impressive.
2. Interiors are at par with other hatchbacks.
3. Comfort features are advanced and utility based.
4. Driving on city roads is simpler.
5. Cabin and storage space is quite good.
1. Price tag is very expensive than its competitors.
2. There is a scope to improve exterior appearance.
3. Fuel economy of petrol versions can be improved.
4. After sales service needs to get better.
5. Cost of spares and maintenance is high.