New Skoda Fabia: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed… and a Combi

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With the new Skoda Fabia already confirmed by the Czech automaker and their subcompact technology being very easy to understand, speculation about the future model is predictable in nature. But every once in a while, we do get a taste of something different, such as a report from Australia that suggests a Paris Motor Show debut is going to take place in October.
According to, the new Fabia will continue to offer a wagon version, which was never confirmed before. Speaking to Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer, they learned that this will be the second body style in the Fabia range, possibly to be joined by a third sedan version, though it seems not for well developed markets.

Like previous reports have stated, Irmer says the RS version will not be made any more. There simply isn't enough demand for it and after two generations, each radically different from the market norm, the Fabia RS/vRS is going to be canned.

Filling the gap left by the hot hatch will be the Monte Carlo range, which will continue to offer the sporty looks in combination with small, cheap engines. Strangely, unlike Europe, where RS models have rarely sold well, the Australian Fabia will suffer because its hot hatch version was very popular.

Despite previous expectations of this car being based on the new MQB platform, the Fabia will continue to use the current underpinning into the next generation. These are shared with the Audi A1, the Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. The engines will likely also be carried over from the refreshed German cousin, though we're still not completely sure if the 1.2-liter base mill will be dropped for newer 1-liter engines.

However, unlike the Polo and the Ibiza, which merely got facelifts, the Fabia will look totally different. The straight lines and geometric angles of the Octavia III will be shrunken and made to fit the B-segment dimensions.

In conclusion, this Czech hatch will be a bit like that bridal rhyme: something old (the platform), something new (the styling), something borrowed (from the Polo) and… well, a Combi estate for the family that comes after the wedding.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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