The first major European automotive event is almost upon us and local brands have already taken out the “big guns” – though judging by the model’s dimensions we can’t call the Fabia supermini quite big.

It’s nevertheless a highly popular model in its segment, so even this subtle facelift is of importance for fans and prospective buyers. Skoda has officially revealed online – ahead of the worldwide public introduction scheduled for March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show, the updated Fabia that arrives with its two classic body styles – the five-door hatchback and the family hauler station wagon. It’s quite hard to make out the actual changes, so here’s the brief: modified lighting clusters, now with LED technology, with the back ones inspired by the facelifted Octavia. Now for the first time the model can be had with huge 18-inch wheels, and there’s also a nip and tuck for the front and rear bumpers.

Refreshed 2018 Skoda Fabia arrives prior to Geneva debut 3

Inside buyers will only have to worry about getting larger versions of the 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system from now on, and from the get go they pack Bluetooth, USB, and SD card compatibility. Go for the Swing Plus and Amundsen versions and you’ll be getting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Other changes include new trim and upholstery options, along with more Simply Clever features: dual USB for the rear, tablet holder in the back, double sided mat for the trunk and an optionally removable LED torch for the Fabia Combi. New tech features include Auto Light Assist, Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert – while the engine choices have remained unchanged. The only novelties are the absence of the diesel variants from the press release and the introduction of a gasoline particulate filter to the turbo variants of the petrol range.


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