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Updated Skoda Fabia drops diesels

Škoda’s updated Fabia will introduce an exclusively petrol engine line-up as it drops the 1.4-litre TDI.

1.4TDI is missing from the new Škoda Fabia Combi line-up

1.4TDI is missing from the new Škoda Fabia Combi line-up

Said to be on a par with diesels for fuel efficiency, the four 1.0-litre petrol units comprise the 59bhp and 74bhp MPI units currently in the line-up as well as the 94bhp and 108bhp units introduced in last year’s facelift to replace the previous 1.2-litre units. Also seen in the Octavia and Škoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models, the TSI units come with turbocharging and direct petrol injection and the 108bhp variant can be specified with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the facelifted Fabia will also introduce a redesigned front and rear end including LED lights, as well as new driver assistance technologies including a Blind Spot Detection feature, Rear Traffic Alert system and Light Assist, which switches to low beam when oncoming traffic is detected.

Other changes see the ‘Swing’ infotainment system now get a 6.5-inch display while Škoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ features have been updated with more practical features.

The choice of alloy wheels has been extended too, including the addition of 18-inch wheels for the hatchback while the interior gets various updates.

The facelifted model will launch in the second half of 2018. Prices and updated CO2/MPG figures will be announced around the time of the launch.

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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.