Skoda Fabia Combi Scout Body Kit Debuts Without AWD or Raised Suspension

Skoda has made the all-new Fabia Combi into an adventure vehicle of sorts by launching the first ever ScoutLine model. However, the bad news is that all-wheel drive is not available.
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The bigger Octavia Scout model comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it a capable off-road adventure vehicle. However, the Fabia ScoutLine is more like an advanced trim level that targets the ruggedness and durability of the car. They haven't even changed the suspension height, which means going over taller curbs will be a problem.

All around the subcompact wagon, Skoda has installed protective black trim pieces. They cover the bumper, side skirts and even the corners of the wheel arches. That lowers the chance that rocks will damage your paint. A few pieces are finished in silver, and there's an extended choice of 16-inch Rock and 17-inch Clubber alloy wheels.

The silver from the front bumper is carried over to the wing mirrors and the roof rails. We don't want to criticize Skoda before we get to test the car, but we don't see the purpose of the ScoutLine model, especially when the Dacia Sandero Stepway gets a taller and stronger suspension.

As we've said from the beginning, the Fabia ScoutLine doesn't come with all-wheel drive… because why would you ever need that while going off-road? Instead, you get a choice of six engines with between 75 and 110 PS. Everybody is going to buy the 1.4 TDI with 90 horsepower and a 5-speed manual, so we're not going to even bother detailing the rest. All comply with the Euro 6 emissions regulations and aren't affected by the Dieselgate scandal.

As a short reminder, Skoda also launched the Rapid ScoutLine model this summer. Again, they started with a regular hatchback, added black plastic everywhere and forgot the AWD. We'd ignore that and go for the newer Fabia because it comes with a bigger boot (416 vs. 530 liters).
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