First was the pre-updated Skoda Octavia, then the recently refreshed Rapid also got the smallish three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 1.0-liter displacement and now the mill goes down to an even smaller model – the Fabia.
The new powerplant is used in both the five-door hatchback and the wagon, replacing the very old four-cylinder, 1.2-liter unit – it’s smaller but better in every respect, available in 95 hp (70 kW) and 110 hp (81 kW) guise. In the higher output version it will keep the same power credentials but get an additional 18 lb-ft (25 Nm) of torque for a grand total of 147 lb-ft (200 Nm). In addition, the 1.0 TSI is up to six percent more fuel efficient, thanks to the newer build, It comes with an aluminum crankcase and is skinnier by 22 pounds (10 kilograms) than its predecessor.
Fighting against the fact that three-cylinder engines are not the smoothest in terms of daily operation, Skoda claims the “aluminum pistons and the connecting rods are so well balanced that the engine runs in a particularly smooth and refined manner with very little friction.” We all know that such engines are the future for the Fabia line – which has ditched the feisty hot hatch RS version after the Mladá Boleslav carmaker research the business case and found it lacking.