Could a fourth generation premium hatch be tied to India? – Technology News, Firstpost


At the end of a long tea campaign in 2022, the Skoda Fabia made its world premiere in Prague last night. Fabia is Skoda Auto’s top class supermini who – especially in India – showed how an adult hatchback could be. During its fourth generation, the Skoda Fabia has grown significantly larger, has more technology than ever before and is only offered with petrol engines. Outside, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution, but you dig a little deeper and you’ll notice the significant changes Skoda has made to small cars.

LED headlights are standard on the 2022 Skoda Fabia.  Photo: Skoda

LED headlights are standard on the 2022 Skoda Fabia. Photo: Skoda

First, the new Fabia has moved from the ancient PQ platform to the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB A0 platform. the same architecture tailored to India and supporting Skoda Kushaq. The new Fabia is 111 mm longer than its predecessor, of which 94 mm is added to the wheelbase. The wheelbase of the new Fabia is 2564 mm and is longer than even the first generation Skoda Octavia. It is also 48mm wider and comes standard with LED headlights (all LED lights are optional), wheel sizes range from 14 to 18 inches.

Overall, the 2022 Skoda Fabia is 111 mm longer than its predecessor.  Photo: Skoda

Overall, the 2022 Skoda Fabia is 111 mm longer than its predecessor. Photo: Skoda

As before, the Fabia is driven by a bold design that is booming, and has been made to better match some of the brand’s larger vehicles, such as the Scala hatchback, Octavia and Enyaq iV. The signed Skoda grille gives it an instantly recognizable face, and along the sides you will notice a visible shoulder line as well as the shape of the front door triangle, which is a nod to the wedge segment of the Czech national flag. The taillights in the back are quite similar to the Kushaq, and now there is a more prominent, contrasting ceiling-mounted spoiler.

The interior of the new Skoda Fabia seems to have a lot in common with Kushaq.  Photo: Skoda

The interior of the new Skoda Fabia seems to have a lot in common with Kushaq. Photo: Skoda

The interior of the new Skoda Fabia looks quite familiar to most, and that’s because it seems to have a lot in common with the interior of the Kushaq. The layered dashboard structure at both ends of the circular AC vents is much similar to Kushaq’s similar, free-standing 9.2-inch Touchscreen Infotainment system (gesture and audio controls) located above the center AC vents. Unlike the Kushaq, however, the Fabia has physical buttons and knobs for the air conditioning system, and there are also some switches in the center console. There is also a double-sided steering wheel and a 10.25-inch virtual cab digital instrument display.

The panoramic sunroof is sure to add airiness inside the new Fabia.  Photo: Skoda

The panoramic sunroof is sure to add airiness inside the new Fabia. Photo: Skoda

In addition, the new Fabia’s front doors feature an umbrella stand, a large storage compartment between the front seats, and the hatchback also gets separate rear air vents and a panoramic glass roof, which is sure to increase the feeling of volume indoors. quite spacious cottage anyway.

In terms of transmissions, the new Skoda Fabia is only offered with petrol engines. A total of five engine options are available from abroad, including a 1.0-liter, free-breathing MPI unit, a 1.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine and a 1.5-liter TSI petrol. 1.0 MPI is available in 65 hp and 80 hp versions (with five-speed manual), while 1.0 TSI is available in 95 and 110 hp tuning modes (with six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG) Automatic) . The 1.5 TSI is only available in a 150-horsepower version, combined with a seven-speed DSG. The Fabia is still definitely front-wheel drive, and a more spicy version of vRS is unlikely to happen.

Now for the big question: will the fourth generation model bring the Fabia nameplate back to India? The ingredients are all there – it is based on a chassis that has already been adapted to Indian conditions and has the same transmission options as the Kushaq and future Skoda-Volkswagen midsize sedans. However, it is worth noting that the new Fabia is well over four meters long, so Skoda needs to reduce the car to less than 4,000 millimeters to get small car benefits. Sources close to Skoda India have previously mentioned that hatchback is not an immediate priority for the company, but seeing how Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 have enjoyed much unhindered time in the Indian premium hatch market for the past decade, don’t be surprised to see Skoda’s future release to India from the fourth generation Fabia.

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