Skoda has given its Fabia subcompact a more dynamic, sharper and sportier design.
The Czech brand will unveil the latest-generation Fabia at the Paris auto show in October. The car is the brand's No. 2 seller in Europe after the Octavia compact.
The Fabia is the first Skoda to use elements of the VisionC concept car, first shown at the Geneva auto show in March, the brand said in a statement. It also has styling cues from the carmaker's motorsports unit.
The third-generation Fabia is 30mm (1.2 inches) lower and 90mm (3.5 inches) wider than the current car.
Skoda is carrying out its biggest product offensive to date as the Volkswagen Group unit seeks to boost annual sales to 1.5 million from 939,200 last year.
European sales of the Fabia fell 12 percent to 60,194 in the first six months, according to JATO Dynamics.
A Skoda spokesman said the brand will sell five-door hatchback and station wagon variants of the new Fabia.
According to media reports, the Fabia will offer infotainment and safety features from the newly refreshed VW Polo including adaptive cruise control and emergency braking at low speeds. Another option from the Polo will be Mirrorlink, which allows drivers to display smartphone apps directly onto the car’s touchscreen display.