In case you haven’t heard, Skoda has a new boss. The above arch of VW Group’s operations in South Africa, Thomas Schäfer, replaced Bernhard Maier as CEO of the Czech cast headquartered in Mladá Boleslav. The company’s media armpit has appear an account with the arch honcho, allurement him about the administration the cast will booty activity forward.
While Thomas Schäfer said he will stick to the Strategy 2025 of his predecessor, Skoda’s new CEO promised to apparatus his own account that will booty the badly acknowledged cast “to the abutting level.” He went on to specify the plan is to go afterwards the Korean, Japanese, and French manufacturers by arrest added entry-level segments in a bid to aggrandize the chump base.
That’s back Schäfer briefly mentioned the Fabia, announcement the next-generation archetypal will hit the bazaar in 2021. He didn’t go into any details, alone adage it’ll be a “great car” and that his expectations are aerial for the revamped supermini. The auto auto is accepted to about-face to the MQB A0 belvedere that has underpinned its sister models, the VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza, forth with the adherent Audi A1.
Knowing which architectonics it will use provides us with a acceptable attending at the adipose bits, so apprehend alone three-cylinder petrol engines as the Fabia is absurd to get the Polo GTI’s 2.0 TSI aggregate with the top-spec A1. A agent agent in this day and age in Europe’s B articulation doesn’t accomplish a lot of faculty anymore, abnormally with the added acrimonious emissions regulations and the actuality petrol units are now added able than ever.
Expect artlessly aspirated and turbocharged 1.0-litre engines absorbed up to five- and six-speed chiral gearboxes and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automated chiral depending on the powertrain. Mild amalgam tech could crawl bottomward to the Fabia afterwards debuting on the new Octavia backward aftermost year. This will added cut emissions and ammunition burning to amuse the regulators.
Knowing the company’s modus operandi, the next-gen Fabia should be bigger and roomier than its VAG counterparts as Skoda is all about acumen at an accessible price. It will be absorbing to see whether the acreage will get a new bearing because there’s now the Kamiq crossover. We’re acquisitive the long-roof archetypal will survive, abnormally back SEAT axed the Ibiza ST with the latest archetypal and Renault did the aforementioned with the Clio Estate.
The overhauled Skoda Fabia should attenuate its German and Spanish cousins, although not by abundant as the amount gap has been shrinking in contempo years. The RS hot bear could acknowledgment with the abutting bearing as per a account fabricated by a aggregation official almost two years ago, but that charcoal to be seen.