The Czech car maker Skoda Auto started its operations in India as Skoda Auto India Private Limited in November 2001. Skoda has only quite a few cars in the Indian market. Fabia is the cheapest car from Skoda in the hatchback segment. It has been around in the market since 2007 and has now started showing diminishing sales. Subsequently Skoda is all-ready to come up with a new 2015 Fabia model. It will hit the market by early next year. The production of the old model is stopped and the company hopes to revive its lost market with the new car.
This premium hatchback is available in a range of Skoda Fabia petrol engine and diesel engine options. The base and mid-variants Active and Ambition comprise of 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder, 1198 cc petrol engines respectively which generate power of 73.7 bhp at 5400 rpm and torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm. On the other hand, the top-end variant Elegance comes with the robust 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder, 1598 cc petrol engine which churns out a maximum power output of 103.2 bhp at 5250 rpm and a peak torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. The diesel mill is a 1.2 litre TDI CR Turbocharged, 3 cylinder,1199 cc engine producing of 73.7 bhp at 4200 rpm and torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. All the three engines are coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission system. These mechanics might be same in the forthcoming model. A 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder engine could also be offered in the supermini.
Skoda Fabia is a well-built car and promises to be a game changer for Skoda India. It has solid and rich exteriors and has got a prominent nose structure with chrome finished front grille accompanied by stretched slim headlamps making it look more delightful. The new model sports a sleek roofline and many prominent creases across the body of the car.
The interiors of the Fabia too have received quite a few additions, which makes the hatch an up-scaled one, while it retains the classy and plush feel to it. The seats are comfortable with ample headspace and legroom. There is a boot space of 315 litres which may be increased in the new model. Comfort features list include 2 Din audio system with speakers and USB connectivity, effective air conditioner, power windows, vanity mirrors and a height adjustable driver seat. It also has up-to-date safety features like ABS, EBD, dual front airbags, engine immobiliser, child proof door locks, central locking and many more.
The earlier model was priced in the Rs 5-7.5 lakhs bracket, however the price of the new model is not yet known.
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