Czech car maker Skoda continues to tease new images of its upcoming hatchback, the 2015 Fabia. Skoda claims that the new Fabia ismore cleaver and practical than ever before. The new model has enough space for 5 occupants and their luggage. The boot is the largest within the small car segment. The new Fabia has a total of 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features, nine of which are new.
Speaking about the new Fabia, Dr Frank Welsch, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development said, “The new Skoda Fabia is a real champion in terms of practicality, offering a wide variety of opportunities for use – it is the ideal car for modern yet practical urban mobility and also possesses the perfect combination of functionality and emotionally-rich design.”
The interior passenger space is slightly longer and larger than in the previous model and at the same time provides the driver and passengers with increased headroom. Although the new Skoda Fabia is 8 mm shorter than its predecessor, its interior length has increased by around 8 mm to 1,674 mm. Elbow room is also greater at 1,401 mm (21 mm longer) at the front and 1,386 mm (2 mm longer) at the rear.
The boot is the largest within the car’s segment. The luggage compartment in the new Skoda Fabia has a capacity of 330 litres, which is 15 litres more than the previous model and is considerably bigger than comparable competitors’ models. With the rear seats folded down, loading capacity increases to up to 1,150 litres.
‘Simply Clever’ – the new Skoda Fabia fits the bill perfectly. Depending on spec, up to nine new ‘Simply Clever’ features are available for the new Skoda Fabia.
The new Fabia is the first Skoda to feature MirrorLink technology. It allows smartphone apps to be displayed on the screen of the infotainment system which, amongst other things, takes the use of navigation software or personal music files to a new level. Connection is quick and easy. Just connect the smartphone to the Bolero system via a USB cable, select and activate MirrorLink mode on the radio and MirrorLink-certified apps will be mirrored on the infotainment system’s display. The new multimedia device cradle in the centre console is the perfect place to store a mobile phone, smartphone or an iPod.
The new Fabia now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap. The high-vis vest, now mandatory in many countries, has a convenient dedicated storage compartment in the driver’s door. A rubbish bin is available for the side door. Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats will hold miscellaneous small items. The new Skoda Fabia also provides more space for drinks bottles. Both rear doors will now hold a 0.5-litre bottle and a 1.0-litre bottle will fit in the glove compartment. Therefore, the Skoda Fabia now offers space for up to seven bottles: one bottle in each of the front and rear doors, the glove compartment and two bottles in the centre console.
The new Skoda Fabia also offers further ‘Simply Clever’ features that proved valuable in the car’s second generation, including the standard parking ticket holder on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar and the two optional bag hooks in the boot. Two storage nets are also available as an option for the boot to keep the area tidy. The hat shelf can be left in its normal position, but can also serve as horizontal partition or be stored vertically behind the rear seats. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot will hold miscellaneous objects in place. Another ‘Simply Clever’ feature is the corner light function of the fog lamps.
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