Skoda the Czech car maker which is owned by the Volkswagen group has been struggling to find a foot-hold in the Indian car market. The biggest drawback has been the pricing of its products and after sales support. Skoda has been working on these aspects in the last two years and the company has phased out some products due to poor sales and repositioned a few products. One such product is the Skoda Octavia which has been re-launched in the Indian market with a more affordable price tag. The Fabia hatchback was also discontinued by the car maker owing to its lackluster sales. It was also perceived by consumers as a more expensive option when compared to its rivals.
However, the focal point of this article is the next-gen Skoda Fabia that was revealed by the Czech car maker. The hatchback will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show which is scheduled in October 2014. The India bound Fabia will be similar to the global model and will be pitted against the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Volkswagen Polo.
The next-gen Fabia looks sportier and bigger than the phased-out model and its front facia resembles the new Octavia. It features a roofline which is 30mm lower and 90mm wider than the outgoing global model. The new Fabia is expected to be 17 percent more fuel efficient due to its lower kerb weight. The new model is 65 kgs lighter than the current model.
Globally the new Fabia will be equipped with four petrol and three diesel engines. But the Indian model will most likely share its engines with the VW Polo. Production of the new Fabia is expected to start by the end of August at its manufacturing facility in Mlada Boleslav.