The new Skoda Fabia for 2011 has arrived in Ireland complete with enhanced exterior design, new specifications and a new engine line-up.
Combining familiar features with a host of new design elements, the new Fabia has a more sophisticated look with a reworked front end, new grille, headlamps, and a revised bumper arrangement. The changes introduce stronger horizontal forms across the nose that not only forge strong links to the rest of the Skoda range but also make the Fabia appear wider and lower than the previous model.
Inside, the new Fabia introduces new entertainment systems, steering wheels, and materials to provide a more enjoyable driving environment. The latest gadgetry including touch-screen Satellite Navigation Systems and MDI (Mobile Device Interface ) for use with iPod, USB, and Mini-USB devices also debut in the new Fabia.
Practicality and comfort remain core strengths of the Fabia range with large spacious cabins and generous luggage areas. The Fabia hatchback packs 300 litres of luggage space extending to 1,163 litres with the rear seats folded. The Fabia also offers a practical estate version that can compete with many larger family cars providing 480 litres of luggage space that expands to 1,460 litres with the rear seats folded.
New engines including a new 1.2 TSI, 85bhp, four-cylinder petrol unit uses the latest direct petrol injection and turbo charging technology to produce more power while consuming less fuel (5.2l/100km or 54mpg ). A more powerful 1.2 TSI 105bhp is also available with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Two new refined diesel engines are offered in the form of four-cylinder, common-rail 1.6 TDI units that produce 70bhp and 90bhp and consume on average 4.2l/100km (67mpg ). Emissions have been reduced considerably with Band-A emission category achieved by both diesel options and the 1.2 TSI 85bhp petrol.
Specification wise the entry Classic model has remote central locking, electric front windows, and four airbags. The Ambiente model receives alloy wheels, projector headlamps, and electric mirrors, while the top elegance model has leather steering wheel, BlueTooth phone connection, cruise control and air-conditioning. Prices are competitive, starting from €12,265 for the 1.2, 60bhp classic model and €16,390 for the 1.6 TDI 75bhp diesel model. Skoda dealers are also offering attractive finance packages for the Fabia with annual percentage rates from 4.99 per cent.
Looking forward to later in the year Skoda will launch the sporty 1.4 TSI Fabia RS model delivering 180bhp through a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
For more information on the latest Skoda visit Michael Shaw Car Sales, Athlone Road, Longford, or call (043 ) 3341829.