Skoda Auto is unveiling the new-look Fabia
and Roomster at this year’s Geneva Motorshow. Škoda's compact cars have
been given an exciting exterior redesign, plus a fresh range of engines,
packed with new technology.
The new design accentuates the cars’
width, with a totally redesigned face that gives both cars a more
dynamic look, increasing their road presence. Scout models have also
been redesigned, with a new Fabia hatch version making its debut in
The new look is most evident in the
redesigned radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps, which have been
considerably widened, highlighting the stronger horizontal line of the
cars’ faces. This gives both Fabia and Roomster a more dynamic look,
while losing none of the cars’ elegance and appeal. Both vehicles now
look more confident, mature and expressive.
The Fabia, Fabia Estate and Roomster
also receive a number of technological improvements including
state-of-the-art engines. This new engine portfolio is at the very core
of the changes, with the entire front structure being redesigned to
Škoda will offer four petrol engines
and two diesel units in the UK, with power ranging from 60bhp to 105bhp
in the Fabia and from 70bhp to 105bhp in the Roomster. All engines
comply with the EU5 standard and deliver exceptionally low fuel
consumption and CO2 emission levels.
But Škoda's development efforts weren’t
only aimed at improving efficiency – improved performance was also a key
goal. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the new 1.2 TSI 105bhp
petrol engine is combined with the optimised, two-clutch seven-speed DSG
transmission. This delivers impressive power with excellent combined
fuel consumption of just 53.3 mpg. The four-cylinder 1.2 TSI engine is
available in two power levels – 85 bhp and 105bhp. Both of these will
also be available with a five-speed manual transmission.
Both diesel units are fitted with
high-pressure Common Rail injection, with a pressure of up to 1,600 bar
combined with fast-responding piezoelectric injectors that are able to
perform as many as five injections within one beat, resulting in
improved engine refinement. Both diesel engines feature particulate
filters as standard and CO2 emissions are under 110g/km.