Skoda is unveiling the new-look Skoda Fabia and Skoda Roomster at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow. Skoda'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. Skoda Scout models have also been redesigned, with a new Skoda Fabia hatch version making its debut in Geneva.
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 Skoda Fabia and Skoda Roomster a more dynamic look, while losing none of the cars' elegance and appeal. Both vehicles now look more confident, mature and expressive.
The Skoda Fabia, Skoda Fabia Estate and Skoda 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 accommodate them.
Skoda will offer four petrol engines and two diesel units in the UK, with power ranging from 60bhp to 105bhp in the Skoda Fabia and from 70bhp to 105bhp in the Skoda Roomster. All engines comply with the EU5 standard and deliver exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels.
But Skoda'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.Published 1 March 2010