Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October.
The pictures show a dynamic and sporty car that is 30mm (1.2 inches) lower and 90mm (3.5 inches) wider than the current model.
Skoda says the new Fabia takes styling cues from the brand's motorsports unit and from the VisionC concept car, which was presented at the Geneva auto show earlier this year.
Skoda has issued few details on the third-generation Fabia, declining to tell Automotive News Europe which architecture will underpin the new model.
Media reports have suggested the Fabia will use the Volkswagen Group's PQ26 platform, which was introduced earlier this year in the revamped VW Polo. However, a Czech news report, citing a statement from the automaker, says the subcompact will use combined elements from the PQ26, the PQ25, which is used to build the current Fabia, and VW’s MQB architecture, which currently underpins the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and the Audi A3.
A Skoda spokesman said last month that the brand will sell five-door hatchback and station wagon variants of the new Fabia.
Skoda is carrying out its biggest product offensive to date as the brand seeks to boost annual sales to 1.5 million from 939,200 last year. The success of the Fabia in Europe’s hotly contested small-car segment is vital to reaching this goal. The Fabia is currently Skoda's No. 2 seller in Europe after the Octavia compact.
European sales of the Fabia fell 12 percent to 60,194 in the first six months, according to data from JATO Dynamics.
Media reports have said the Fabia will offer infotainment and safety features from the revamped Polo, including adaptive cruise control and emergency braking at low speeds. Another feature from the new Polo will be MirrorLink, which allows drivers to access and use smartphone apps via the car’s touchscreen display.
It also likely that the Fabia will share the Polo’s three-cylinder powertrains, with the most frugal Greenline model said to use 3 liters of fuel per 100km (78 U.S. mpg/65 UK mpg).
The automaker has not said how much the new model will cost in Europe. The current model starts at 11,640 euros in Germany.