2021 Skoda Fabia could be the first to get a mild-hybrid variant

Electrification is inevitable in most markets where Skoda would sell the new Fabia. For the next-gen Skoda Fabia, the solution could be 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, marking the debut of the assist system on the 21-year old name.

The all-new Skoda Octavia (Mk4) that debuted last year is the first model for the company available with engines equipped with mild-hybrid technology. There are two engines on the Skoda Octavia mild hybrid: 1.0-litre TSI EVO e-TEC (110 PS/200 Nm) and 1.5-litre TSI EVO e-TEC (150 PS/250 Nm). The 1.0-litre unit, in a lesser state of tune, could be offered in the all-new Skoda Fabia (Mk4).

The TSI EVO e-TEC engines are an extension of the TSI EVO engines. The Skoda Fabia eTEC variant would make use of a 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt Lithium-ion battery allowing brake energy recuperation and storing that energy in the battery to assist the engine with functions like electric boost and engine start. It would be possible to coast with the engine completely shut off.

Conventional engines available in the next-gen Skoda Fabia will likely include 1.0-litre MPI petrol, 1.0-litre TSI EVO petrol, 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol and 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine. A G-TEC natural gas variant with a 1.0-litre TSI EVO G-TEC petrol-CNG engine is also expected.

The fourth-generation Skoda Fabia which comes out in the first half of next year will get a design very different from the current crop of Skodas, EVW can confirm. The current generation Fabia which was introduced in 2014 rides on a mixed-MQB platform which combines modules from the MQB kit with the old PQ25 chassis. The incoming car, like the Audi A1, VW Polo and Seat Ibiza, will ride on the smallest version of the MQB, the A0.

At the first-ever VW Media Night in India this year, we asked Oliver Stefani, head of Skoda design, whether the design of the next-gen Fabia would be an evolutionary step in Skoda design or something new that we haven’t seen from the brand. He said:

You can look forward to see something new!

When Stefani was asked about the mid-cycle programs of the current vehicles, and if those will be inspired by the styling of the Octavia, he said:

We are constantly developing the face, we never stand still. What you see on the Octavia now is just one step into the future. But we will interpret this in every car in a different way.

We expect the Fabia to come with a wider track, pronounced shoulders and flared wheel arches. Skoda would also bring new LED lighting and signatures inspired by Czech crystal glass art for added emotion. The 2021 Skoda Fabia is expected to offer the most space among the four brothers with rear seat comfort (highly relevant in markets like India and China) given precedence. Hence the roofline should be maintained flat with a boxy look at the rear to enhance boot capacity.

It isn’t clear how much equipment Skoda plans to add to its sub-Scala hatchback to keep the price competitive and avoid cannibalization, but expect to experience a digital instrument cluster, the latest in infotainment from the Modular Information Matrix system and a quieter cabin.