Twenty-two years after its debut, Škoda presents the fourth generation of the compact Fabia. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform, it is now the most spacious car in its segment and boasts further improved comfort features and numerous advanced safety and assistance systems. “With the fourth generation, we have taken another step forward in defining our design language. Thanks to the new proportions, our entry model has a much more dynamic and mature appearance,” says Oliver Stefani, head of design at Škoda.
Sculptural lines, for example those of the bonnet, dynamic proportions and modern light clusters with LED technology and crystalline structures typical of Škoda create a particularly attractive look. A small design detail can be found on the front doors: the lines of the body stylize the characteristic triangle of the Czech flag.
Škoda has reduced the model’s drag coefficient to 0.28 (previous generation: 0.32).
The aerodynamic development was largely carried out by means of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations and in about three and a half years, the engineers calculated more than 3,000 of them. Compared to previous generations, the Fabia is larger both inside and out, while the weight remains virtually unchanged. With a length of 4.1 metres, it crosses the four-metre threshold for the first time. The Fabia is 11 cm longer than its predecessor, while the wheelbase has increased by 94 mm to 2.5 metres and the width has increased by 48 mm to 1.7 metres.
The interior of the new Fabia takes up the styling approach of the latest models of the Bohemian manufacturer of the Volkswagen Group, seeking design and ergonomics. The dashboard features a stand-alone infotainment display up to 9.2 inches in size. The Fabia can also be fitted with a digital instrumentation with a 10.25-inch screen.