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Skoda Fabia to gain 1.0 TSI petrol

Skoda’s facelifted Fabia and Fabia estate will gain a 1.0 TSI petrol bringing improved economy and fuel emissions when they launch from the start of Q3.

Facelifted Skoda Fabia

Facelifted Skoda Fabia

Making their debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the third-generation model will feature the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI unit also seen in the facelifted Octavia and Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models.

Available in 94bhp and 108bhp variants, the new engine replaces the previous four-cylinder 89bhp and 108bhp 1.2 TSI unit and brings improved fuel consumption and emissions figures along with enhanced performance. Torque for the 94bhp 1.0 TSI with manual five-speed transmission remains unchanged at 118lb.ft, yet the top speed has increased by 2mph to 115mph (and from 115 to 116mph for the estate) while the acceleration from 0 to 62mph has improved by 0.3 seconds to 10.6 seconds (while improving from 11.0 to 10.8 seconds for the estate). CO2 and combined fuel economy figures improve from 61.4mpg and 105g/km to 65.7mpg and 99g/km for both the hatchback and Estate, although Skoda has not confirmed these figures for the UK yet.

For the more powerful 108bhp 1.0-litre engine with manual six-speed transmission, torque has increased from 129lb.ft to 148lb.ft although acceleration from 0 to 62mph rises to 9.5 seconds from 9.4s for the outgoing model (9.6 seconds for the estate) and the top speed is 122mph (123mph for the estate).

Fuel consumption and emissions of the higher-powered version are now 64.2mpg with 101g/km compared to 58.9mpg and 110g/km for the outgoing model. For the DSG-transmission versions, fuel consumption has improved in both variants to 62.8mpg with 104g/km compared to 60.1mpg and 109g/km currently.

Engine line-up for the facelifted model will also continue the current 1.0 MPI unit. Skoda has not revealed further engine details.

Technology updates see the introduction of the optional Skoda Connect services. Also recently introduced to the Octavia, these consist of Infotainment Online and CareConnect services, with the latter offering emergency and breakdown functionality.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.