With sales of well over 1.5 million worldwide, the ŠKODA Fabia is now on Australian shores. The combination of low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and ŠKODA’s legendary value for money makes Fabia the perfect all-rounder.

The Fabia has a smooth and sophisticated look. The front end is dominated by a bold grille, headlights and bumper arrangement which create strong horizontal forms across the nose, giving the Fabia a low, masculine stance. Trademark features of the Fabia are the distinctive wraparound windscreen and gloss black A-pillars. An added feature on the Fabia is the option of choosing a contrasting roof colour to further personalise the car.

Inside, the new Fabia’s entertainment system, steering wheel and materials provide an enjoyable driving environment. Chrome-trimmed air vent inserts, gear lever frame and handbrake button enhance the quality feel, as do high quality seat trim materials and air conditioning controls. Three-spoke leather steering wheel with radio and phone controls, multi-function trip computer, cruise control and Bluetooth® phone connectivity as standard further adds to the high comfort and convenience levels.

In terms of driver comfort, the new Fabia offers the driver a high driving position. This not only allows greater visibility of the road ahead, it also makes access easier and more comfortable. All models feature height adjustment on the driver’s seat, along with height and reach adjustment on the steering wheel. Practicality remains the core strength in the Fabia with the car boasting a large cabin and a practical 315 litres of boot space.

The Fabia balances the need of its passengers with the demands of its driver. In terms of road handling and comfort, the Fabia features MacPherson struts at the front, mounted to a three-part subframe. This assembly is attached to the bodywork with anti-vibration mounts that help to keep noise and vibration to a minimum.

The high safety level of the Fabia has been achieved by using the latest design methods, progressive technological solutions and state-of-the-art vehicle construction techniques. The Fabia comes standard with six airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including ABS, ASR, EBD and Brake Assist.

The Fabia comes with a 1.2-litre TSI engine producing 77kW. Designed and engineered to offer more performance, lower emissions and improved fuel consumption, this engine combines significantly lower running costs with improved drivability and refinement.

The Australian launch of the Fabia will commence with two variants on offer from the acclaimed Fabia range. The Fabia 77TSI Hatchback and Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI, both with 5-speed manual transmission as standard, are leading the arrival of the Fabia range.

Other engine variants and DSG transmission for both models will be available in 2012 along with the arrival of the sporty Fabia RS 132TSI, versatile Fabia Wagon, and spacious Roomster.


 

DESIGN AND DIMENSION

The ŠKODA Fabia forge strong links to the rest of the ŠKODA range with its bold grille, fresh headlamps and strong horizontal forms across the nose. The distinctive wraparound windscreen and gloss black A-pillars and the C-shaped rear lights creates a feel of dynamism as well as confidence.

The added feature of choosing a contrasting roof colour to further personalise the car makes is another key attraction in the Fabia.

In terms of driver comfort, the Fabia provides a high, comfortable driving position. This not only allows greater visibility of the road ahead, it also makes access easier and more comfortable. All models feature height adjustment on the driver’s seat, along with height and reach adjustment on the steering wheel.

The essential feature of the Fabia is practicality. It offers extraordinary space for both the crew and luggage. With the rear seats up, the hatch offers 315 litres of space– figures that many larger family cars struggle to match.

To maximise the available space, the Fabia’s parcel shelf can be set at two different heights, varying the boot capacity and ensuring that delicate objects can be protected during transit. It can also be stowed behind the rear seats. Further protection for vulnerable items of luggage is offered by the removable plastic retainer that attaches to the side of the boot. Big enough to hold a carrier bag upright, it stops your eggs becoming an omelette on the way home.

CHASSIS AND SAFETY

The Fabia balances the needs of its passengers with the demands of its driver and comes standard with six airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including ABS, ASR, EBD and Brake Assist.

In terms of design, the Fabia features McPherson struts mounted to a three-part subframe. This assembly is attached to the bodywork with anti-vibration mounts that help to keep noise and vibration transfer into the cabin to a minimum.

The Fabia enjoys excellent body control and feels remarkably secure through corners. Spring and damper settings have been tuned to give a smooth ride without compromising handling ability. As a result, the Fabia glides over poor surfaces and filters out imperfections before they reach the cabin. At the rear, a lightweight semi-independent set-up ensures that the optimum wheel angle is maintained at all times.
Another key element of the Fabia’s dynamic package is the steering system. All Fabia models are equipped with electrohydraulic power steering as standard, and a combination of a tight 10.0 metre turning circle and an unobstructed view makes manoeuvring and parking simple. The steering system has also been designed to minimise power drain and draws significantly less power away from the engine than a fully-hydraulic system.

The Fabia is also designed to protect outside the car. Pedestrian safety was a major target in the development and the bonnet and front bumper are designed in such a way that they deform on impact and absorb energy.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The Fabia comes available with a 1.2-litre TSI engine producing 77kW. Designed and engineered to offer more performance, lower emissions and improved fuel consumption, this engine combines significantly lower running costs with improved drivability and refinement.

The 1.2-litre TSI engine uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver a smooth and economical driving experience which also delivers a low combined fuel consumption of 5.5L/100km (128 g/km CO2.) Peak power is reached at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque of 175 Newton-metres is available between 1,500 and 4,100 rpm.

The Fabia is fitted as standard with a five-speed fully synchronised manual transmission. Here the connection between the gearbox and the gear lever is via two gearshift cables, which makes it easy to position the gear lever smoothly and precisely with short movements while at the same time reducing vibrations from the engine.

The clutch is a dry, single-disc plate with hydraulic control. All ŠKODA cars with manual gearboxes include a gear selection indicator to encourage fuel efficient driving. An arrow on the dashboard insert screen suggests when to change gears in order to keep the engine in its most efficient rev range.

FABIA MONTE CARLO 77TSI

The most stylish car in the Fabia family is the Fabia Monte Carlo. This model is enhanced by sporty styling and a bespoke interior. Launched to celebrate 100 years of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, and to commemorate the 110-year anniversary of ŠKODA’s motorsport involvement, this special edition model is a nod towards the brand’s sporting pedigree.

From the outside, the Fabia Monte Carlo boasts a dynamic look, underlined by the introduction of piano-black body trim, which extends over the wheelarches and down the full length of the car, a black roof, black wing mirror covers, a black radiator grille, smoked headlights and black 16” lightweight alloy wheels.

Inside the Fabia Monte Carlo, customers can choose between all black or red and black sports seats which boast additional side support. Both versions come with black roof lining, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, and leather handbrake and gearstick gaiter with red stitching (with the red-black interior option). To complete the enhanced sporty appeal silver chrome kick plates and steel pedals are fitted as standard.

Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI comes with the 1.2-litre 77 kilowatt TSI engine and 5-speed fully synchronised manual transmission.

VALUE AND EQUIPMENT

Fitted with power steering, six airbags (dual front, front side and curtain airbags) and remote central locking, the Fabia enjoys a high standard of safety. Reach and rake adjustable steering column, height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric front and rear windows, 60/40 split rear seat, a passenger airbag deactivation switch and an integrated CD player that features a 3.5mm jack input for MP3 devices, all come as standard in every Fabia.

The three-spoke leather steering wheel with radio and phone controls, multi-function trip computer, cruise control and Bluetooth® phone connectivity as standard further adds to the high comfort and convenience levels. Chrome-trimmed airvent inserts, gear lever frame and handbrake button enhance the interior quality feel, and so does the available touchscreen technology with optional Mobile Device Interface (MDI) for use with iPod, Aux-In, USB and Mini-USB devices.

Standard Equipment Highlights

Six airbags – Dual front, front side and curtain airbags
ESC – Electronic Stability Control (incl. ABS, ASR, EBD and Brake Assist)
‘Satellite’ 15” steel wheels
Leather package (three-spoke steering wheel, handbrake handle, gear lever handle)
Tinted windows
Protective side running strips
Body coloured front and rear bumpers
Body coloured wing mirrors and door handles
Chrome Package (gear lever, gear lever frame, handbrake button, ventilation controls)
Three-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel (with radio and phone controls). Not available on Fabia Monte Carlo.
Bluetooth® phone connectivity
Front foglights
Multi-function trip computer (time, outside temperature, average and current fuel consumption, mileage, driving time, average speed, service interval display, distance to empty)
Cruise control
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Rear parking sensors
Climate control air conditioning
Radio ‘Swing’ – 2 DIN with CD, MP3
MDI – Mobile device interface (only with radio Swing )
‘Antares’ 15” alloy wheels
Electric glass sunroof
Fabia Monte Carlo Standard Equipment Highlights
Monte Carlo design pack (incl. headlight and foglight surround, grille, wing mirrors, roof and spoiler all in black)
Privacy glass from B pillar back
‘Comet’ 16” black alloy wheels
Front door sill plates with Monte Carlo inscription
Alloy sports pedals
Front sports seats – grey/black combination
PRICING

Fabia 77TSI Hatchback                                                                                         $18,990*
Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI                                                                                      $21,990*

Options

Metallic/Pearl effect paint                                                                                       $490
White roof (Fabia 77TSI only)                                                                               $390
Silver roof (Fabia 77TSI only)                                                                                $390
Rear parking sensors                                                                                              $390
Radio ‘Swing’ – 2 DIN with CD, MP3                                                                   $160
MDI – Mobile device interface (only with RAD – Swing radio)                                $190
Climate control air conditioning                                                                               $390
Electric glass sunroof                                                                                               $990
Alarm system                                                                                                          $590
Partial leather seats – leather/artificial leather/fabric (Fabia 77TSI only)                     $1,190
15” alloy wheels ‘Antares’ (Fabia 77TSI only)                                                         $990
Privacy glass from B pillar (Fabia 77TSI only)                                                          $190

* Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.

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