New Skoda Fabia Coming to Geneva as Concept

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As any Skoda fan will tell you, the Czech company likes to preview is more radical lineup changes with concepts. These come about one to two years ahead of the actual production model and ensure the market response is positive before Skoda commits to production.
In 2011, the new Skoda Rapid sedan was previewed by the MissionL Concept, the two being virtually the same to the smallest of design changes. As its due date in 2015 approaches, it's now apparently the turn of the Fabia to be previewed.

A report from British magazine Autocar states the new Fabia will be previewed next month at the Geneva Motor Show. They say the new car will be both wider and longer than the current Fabia, which is 4,000mm long, 1,642mm wide and 1498mm tall.

Unfortunately, that's where things get a little strange. Autocar claims the new Fabia will ride on a shorter version of the MQB platform, called MQB-A. This contradicts previous reports which said Skoda will not use MQB tech for the Fabia. The suggested engines are equally puzzling, as the same source suggests the engines will be "a pair of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre TSI petrols". Considering the Fabia doesn't come with any 1.4 TSI engines, being to small and cheap to require them, and that the Polo just switched to 1.0-liter engines, we thing that should have read "a paor of 1.0-liter and 1.2 TSI petrol". Also, the diesel option will likely not be a 1.6-liter like they're suggesting, but a 1.4-liter three-cylinder TDI which VW has just announced will replace the 1.2 TDI 75 and 1.6 TDI 90.

Regardless of these incongruences, we're likely to see some sort of Skoda concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
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