The 2021 Skoda Fabia hatchback which is will be the 4th-gen model has been revealed for the global market today. It is built on VW’s MQB A0 platform. The 4th-gen Skoda Fabia is now much larger than its predecessors and even the largest in the segment when compared to its rivals. The 2021 Fabia gets all-new styling, more tech and comes with a choice of several petrol engines.
- 2021 4th-gen Skoda Fabia is based on VW’s MQB A0 platform and shares the underpinnings with the latest VW Polo
- To be offered with only petrol engines and no diesel
- Its larger than its predecessor and offers more interior space, its even the largest car in its segment
- Comes with top-notch features like full-LED headlights and taillights, connected car tech, 18-inch wheels, and a full panoramic sunroof
2021 Skoda Fabia Design Details
The 2021 Skoda Fabia gets the Skoda’s modern design language which is in line with the one we got to see on new yet-to-launch Skoda SUVs like Kushaq and the updated Kodiaq. The car featured above is in top-spec form and you can see the new design elements starting from the front are the two full-LED headlights that are angled aggressively toward the prominent large grille. Then comes the front bumper which features large honeycomb mesh-type air vents at the bottom and fog lights housings at each end give the front end a sporty look. Coming to the sides like any other Skoda it’s got clean lines and the large 18inch wheels make it look very handsome and big when viewed from the side. Skoda offers wheel sizes ranging from 15- to 18-inch in the new Fabia. It also gets alloy wheels which are designed for aerodynamic efficiency and ranges from 15-inch to 18-inch in sizes. Coming the rear, the Fabia gets a large spoiler and LED tail lamps. The new clean exterior design has made the Fabia a lot bigger both on the outside and inside and is now more aerodynamic compared to the previous model with a drag coefficient of 0.28 as compared to 0.32.
2021 Skoda Fabia Dimensions
The 4th-gen 2021 Skoda Fabia hatchback has become much larger than its predecessor. It’s now based on the MQB A0 platform and shares the underpinnings with the new-gen VW Polo. The Fabia now measures 4108 mm in length, 1780 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 2564 mm which is almost 111mm longer than before. Also, the wheelbase is increased than before by 94mm and that helps with rear passenger legroom and space. The hatchback is also 48mm wider than before and overall it provides more interior space. With increased dimensions, the new Skoda Fabia gets a 380L boot space which can be further increased to 1,190L with rear seats folded back.
New Skoda Fabia Interior features
The 2021 Skoda Fabia like any new Skoda car gets the latest design theme. It features a 2 spoke steering wheel (there is also an option for 3 spoke wheel) and layered dashboard layout, some more features includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster on the top-spec variant and this is for the first time. Then comes the infotainment display which takes the centre stage and comes is various sizes ranging from 6.5-inch to larger 8-inch and 9.2-inch units. The lower-spec variants will come with the 6.5-inch units with some basic features while higher variants will be equipped with 8-inch and 9.2-inch units respectively and offers lot more features like wireless Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include automatic dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel and windshield, wireless phone charger, LED ambient lighting, rear AC vents, armrest for both front and rear passengers. The 2021 Skoda Fabia will also get a Wi-Fi hotspot feature and gets five USB C ports including one in the inside rear-view mirror if someone wants to use a dashcam. The most attractive interior feature of the new Fabia is the large panoramic sunroof which is the largest in the segment.
In term of safety, the top-spec variant of the 2021 Skoda Fabia hatchback will come equipped with up to 9 airbags, driver assistance with VWs adaptive cruise control system just like the new Polo, Lane Keep Assist, Travel Assist, Park Assist, to name a few. Some more features like Child ISOFIX seats mounts, ABS, ESC comes standard. It has also scored a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Engine and gearbox details
The 2021 Skoda Fabia will be powered by a range of petrol engines however there is no option for any diesel. Under the hood, the base variants of the new Fabia will be equipped with a 1L 3-cylinder MPI, naturally aspirated motor that makes either 65HP or 80HP while the torque figure remains similar at 93NM. This engine will come mated only to a 5-speed manual gearbox and obviously drive the front wheels. The next is a 1-L 3-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol engine that will make 110HP and 200Nm of torque, this is a similar unit that can be seen on the current VW Polo in India. This engine gets three gearbox options a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT. The top-spec car gets the 1.5-L 4-cylinder TSI turbo-petrol making 150HP and 250Nm of torque and it comes paired exclusively with a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. The new Fabia with this configuration can go from 0-100kph in just 7.9-seconds and can do a top speed of 225Kph.
Skoda India Plan for the new Fabia
Skoda discontinued the Fabia in India while the same generation VW Polo is still sold in India by updating it over a decade. As we know that the new Skoda Fabia is based on the VW’s MQB A0 platform like the new-gen Polo it will be over 4-metres in length and that would put the car in a higher tax bracket in India. And for a market like India price is everything when it comes to car sales and an overprice hatchback would not be a great seller. However, Skoda is currently working on SUV for India and as per that we don’t expect that Skoda would bring in the 4th-gen Fabia to the Indian Market any soon. Skoda is planning to launch the new Kushaq SUV soon and in coming months the facelifted Kodiaq SUV in the Indian market. They are also set to launch the facelifted Skoda Octavia Sedan.
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