Skoda has increased the size of the new Fabia small hatchback and expanded safety and comfort equipment, but it will not offer a hybrid version to keep down costs.
The fourth-generation Fabia moves to parent Volkswagen Group's MQB-A0 platform for the first time, allowing the car to be 110 mm longer than its predecessor at 4108 mm, creating extra room for passengers. The current Fabia, which debuted in 2014, uses VW Group's PQ35 platform.
The increased size gives the Fabia "more space than our competitors," Skoda CEO Thomas Schaefer said in statement.
The longer wheelbase at 2564 mm means the new Fabia is longer than Skoda's 1996 Octavia compact car.