After a short teaser campaign, the 2022 Skoda Fabia has been revealed ahead of a first quarter 2022 Australian release. Now using the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform – that also underpins the Volkswagen Polo, as well as the Skoda Kamiq and Scala – the Fabia has grown significantly in both size and maturity with a new sense of style and much more technology than before.
“The Fabia has been an integral part of our portfolio for over 20 years and embodies the core values of our brand like no other model. The latest generation has everything it takes to seamlessly build on the success of its predecessors” said Thomas Schafer, CEO of Skoda Auto.
“It offers more space than its competitors, perfect technology, advanced assistance systems and an emotive design – in other words, all you need, and a little more.” He said.
Following its larger siblings in morphing into a more emotive and sportier looking car, the 2022 Skoda Fabia is stylistically a big departure from its predecessor with more modern and aggressive styling. Part of that is also down to the car’s dimensions – at 4,108mm long and 1,780mm wide, it’s 111mm longer and 48mm wider than the current Fabia. The new car’s 2,564mm long wheelbase is 94mm longer, which will help to make the new Fabia the roomiest car in its class. Its boot has increased to 380-litres – the same as the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf.
But while the exterior of the 2022 Skoda Fabia is much improved, the interior is arguably the biggest change with the old car: it’s now a much nicer place to spend time. The layout follows its Kamiq and Scala siblings with a central touchscreen now offered in up to 9.2-inches in size, as well as a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display that can incorporate a map if navigation is fitted. The car is fitted with an eSIM card, which means it’s always online – though we doubt that will feature in Australia, unfortunately.
Material quality appears to have taken a big step forward with soft touch dashboard and upper door trims, cloth inserts on the dashboard and even coloured air vents. A cute Fabia logo sits on the instrument cluster binnacle, while wireless smartphone mirroring and wireless phone charging feature for the first time. There are also five USB-C ports around the car, while the rear seat features a rear centre armrest and rear air vents – the latter is a segment-exclusive feature.
Other new features include up to eight speakers, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof with a proper cover, auto-folding mirrors, keyless entry and start, LED ambient lighting and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, as well as the usual ‘simply clever’ Skoda features like an umbrella in the front doors, a parking ticket holder on the A-pillar, an ice scraper/magnifying glass/tyre tread checker in the fuel cap, a double-sided boot mat, various nets in the boot and an adjustable divider in the boot.
Available safety tech has also been upgraded in the 2022 Skoda Fabia. Auto emergency braking (AEB) with both pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane assist, travel assist, emergency assist, driver attention monitoring, rear auto braking, adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition, auto parking, auto high beam, all-LED lighting and up to nine airbags now feature.
Engine choices for the 2022 Skoda Fabia include a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine in 48kW or 59kW forms, a turbocharged version of the same engine with either 70kW or 81kW and the 110kW 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol that is used in the Kamiq and Scala in Australia. We’d bet on the higher powered 1.0L and the 1.5L units coming down under – the latter is likely to be offered only on the incoming Monte Carlo.
The 2022 Skoda Fabia will launch in Australia in the first quarter of 2022. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for more Skoda news and reviews.