Mladá Boleslav/Nice, January 2015 – With the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi, the Czech car manufacturer makes its mark early on in the 2015 new car year. Just a few weeks after the debut of the ŠKODA Fabia hatchback edition, the brand is firing up the next stage in their current model campaign. In the third-generation model, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi once again sets new standards in terms of space. The new design has a striking, emotionally-rich design language, coupled with state-of-the-art MQB-based vehicle technology from Volkswagen Group. This includes innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems that are usually seen in higher-class vehicle segments or the completely new engine technology with EU6-compliant emission values. A highlight: with the MirrorLink™ function (as soon as made available by the manufacturers, also via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto*) and the SmartGate system, the car can be paired with a smartphone. The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi will be available in Europe from mid-January 2015.
“The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the perfect combination of space, functionality, technology and emotionally-rich design,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A modern, fresh car that stands for ŠKODA’s best brand values. It has the largest interior space in the small estate car segment and extensively meets the increased requirements for connectivity and customisation,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland.
The new Fabia Combi will be available in the first European markets from as early as mid-January. With this new edition, the Czech manufacturer intends to build further on the success of its popular all-rounder. Since 2000, the small car has been an integral part of ŠKODA’s model range. To date (as of 31.12.2014) ŠKODA has delivered more than 1.1 million ŠKODA Fabia Combis to customers. This makes the ŠKODA Fabia Combi the best-selling model within its class.
Since its introduction, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi has embodied all good ŠKODA qualities: lots of space within compact outer dimensions, many practical solutions, low fuel consumption, well-engineered technology and excellent value for money. This combination makes it a bestseller in its category.
Excellent space: the largest boot capacity in its segment
Compact on the outside, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi sets new standards in terms of interior space. It provides plenty of space for up to five occupants and their luggage. The passenger compartment has gained in both width (increase of 21 mm) and length (increased by 8 mm).
The 530 litre boot capacity (1,395 litres with the back seat folded down) is the largest in its segment. The basic volume has been increased by 25 litres compared to its predecessor.
The Fabia Combi is more flexible than before. The rear seats can be folded down in two stages: the seat is folded first and then the backrest. This increases the flexibility of the interior. Items up to 1.55 m long can fit into the car. The loading area is 960 mm wide, 2 mm wider than in the previous model. The tailgate is set lower down than before. Therefore the loading sill is only 611 mm high, in comparison to the second-generation model it is 26 mm lower. The tailgate opens to 1,900 mm high and is 1,028 mm wide.
Emotion: a crisp, dynamic design
The new emotionally-rich design of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the perfect addition to its outstanding functionality. As the hatchback model, the new Fabia Combi captivates with elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car, sporty proportions and modern, crisp design language. In short: pure dynamism.
Precise lines and sharp edges are evidence of high-quality manufacturing and accurate workmanship. In addition, the car features a distinctive interplay of light and shade and the use of crystalline shapes.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is 10 mm longer, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than its predecessor. The front is identical to the new Fabia hatchback model and appears more assured and imposing thanks to the added width and strong emphasis on horizontal lines. Distinctive elements are the razor-sharp, wide headlights, the crystalline glass cut, the characteristic slatted grille and the brand’s logo on the bonnet’s ‘nose’. The designers highlighted the graphic unity of the grille and the lights, precisely marking out all lines and edges such as in the two distinctive swage lines running from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.
The side view. The car’s sleek silhouette is as if it were made from one piece, the whole side view is extremely dynamic. An effect created by a crisp tornado line and the wing line marking the side of the car as well as the slim pillars, the interplay of light and shade, the gently rearward sloping roof line and the completely new, attractive range of wheels.
The rear of the ŠKODA Fabia Combi is clean, tidy and unmistakable with yet another emphasis on horizontal lines. The tail lights in the typical ŠKODA C-shape have contrasting dark edging and intricate detail in the style of Czech glass-making tradition.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has ample scope for individual configuration. The car’s all-new interior impresses with quality, precise workmanship, an emphasis on horizontal lines and a wide array of colours and colour combinations.
Connectivity at its best with MirrorLink™, CarPlay and Android Auto* as well as SmartGate
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has completely new infotainment systems. The technology is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) allowing a whole series of attractive uses which are ground-breaking for the small car class. A touchscreen display with swipe operation is available for the first time. Customers can choose between four infotainment systems, also including the integrated Amundsen radio navigation system.
Thanks to MirrorLink™ technology, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi can easily be connected to a smartphone, allowing the driver to run and display selected smartphone applications (apps) on the screen of the Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems. As soon as the relevant interfaces are available from the manufacturers, Apple devices (via Apple CarPlay*) and Android smartphones (via Android Auto*) will also be able to be connected.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi also comes with the SmartGate function, enabling display, storage and use of certain vehicle data in some apps. ŠKODA’s newly-designed Drive App, for instance, can show drivers how efficient their driving style has been for any trip they have taken. The MFA Pro App lets users display on-board computer functions and multifunction display (MFA) content on their smartphones. Further apps complete the range.
New benchmarks in terms of efficiency and emissions: CO2 output from 82 g/km
The new Fabia Combi is more environmentally friendly than ever before with fuel consumption reduced by up to 17 per cent compared to the second-generation model. Fuel consumption is now, at its best, down to 3.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are just 82 g/km in the ŠKODA Fabia Combi GreenLine (available in the second half of 2015).
These significant improvements are the result of a completely new generation of petrol and diesel engines, radical weight reduction down to 1,004 kg and improved aerodynamics.
These excellent results are due to Volkswagen’s innovative MQB technology. In total, the ŠKODA Fabia Combi is available in three petrol and three diesel engines. All six engines comply with EU6 emission standards and come with a Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery. Power output in the petrol engines ranges from 55 kW (75 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS). The new three-cylinder diesel range offers between 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS). Transmissions are modern manual or automatic DSG gearboxes.
Special attention has been placed on developing a comfortable chassis. Finely-adjusted interplay between the new electro-mechanical steering, the new engines and the redesigned engine mounting has enabled designers to noticeably improve the chassis setup. Driving comfort and ride stability reach a new level of quality.
The model benefits not least from a 30 mm wider front track (rear track by 31 mm) and a 5 mm longer wheelbase. The vehicle design of the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is based on a modular concept, drawing for the most part on Volkswagen’s MQB technology, including new engines, electro-mechanical steering, a large part of the electrics (such as control units), the instrument cluster as well as infotainment and assistance systems.
Despite additional technology and comfort, the new ŠKODA Fabia Combi’s weight is significantly reduced compared to the second-generation model, weighing by up to 61 kg less (depending on vehicle configuration). The ŠKODA Fabia Combi with a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine has a kerb weight (without the driver) of just 1,004 kg.
MQB technology for active and passive safety; systems from higher vehicle classes
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi impresses with its high level of safety. Thanks to Volkswagen Group’s MQB technology, the model has safety systems from higher vehicle classes. The optional Front Assistant with integrated Emergency Braking Function, which automatically brings the vehicle to a complete stop, reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. The Multi-Collision Braking System will automatically slow the car down after an accident to prevent a follow-on collision.
The Driver Activity Assistant will detect fatigue of the driver, while the new Speedlimiter can prevent the car from exceeding a pre-set speed. Hill-Hold Control will help drivers start on a gradient. Also, the new Fabia Combi comes with an electronic tyre pressure monitor as standard in EU countries.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has the enhanced electronic differential lock function XDS+ as standard, which maximises traction when cornering.
Passive safety elements include six airbags, which come as standard in EU countries, for finely adjusted interaction with the car’s three-point seatbelts.
Innovative comfort systems
The third-generation ŠKODA Fabia Combi offers a new level of comfort. A first in the model is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System), the automatic locking and starting system. Front and rear parking sensors also make a debut in Fabia. Previously, this technology was only available for the rear of the Fabia.
The Rain/Light Assistant ensures optimum visibility with integrated sensors for rain and ambient light. The rain sensor automatically controls the windshield wipers’ frequency, while the light sensor switches the low beams on and off depending on light conditions.
Making its debut in the ŠKODA Fabia Combi is the new C-EPS (Column Electric Power Steering), which saves weight as well as fuel, and replaces the electro-hydraulic power steering used previously.
For the first time, customers can order the ŠKODA Fabia Combi with a large panoramic glass roof which adds to the ‘feel-good’ factor on board.
The latest-generation air conditioning with control on an MQB basis also offers optimum comfort. Both manual air conditioning and fully-automatic Climatronic climate control are available. In comparison to the technology used in previous Fabia variants, this new Climatronic system is considerably more efficient.
Up to 17 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi not only has plenty of space but is also more practical and clever than ever before. Up to 17 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions make life that little bit easier in the Fabia Combi, ten of them are new in this model.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi is available with an adjustable false boot floor as an optional extra. The new MirrorLink™ technology brings smartphone apps including navigation to the infotainment system’s display. With the SmartGate function and using specially designed applications (apps), certain vehicle data can be displayed, saved and accessed on the user’s smartphone.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap as standard and also has a new multimedia device cradle in the cup holder located in the centre console. The high-vis vest has a convenient dedicated storage compartment in the driver’s door. A waste bin is available for the side door. Storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats will hold miscellaneous small items.
The new model offers more room for drinks bottles. Both rear doors will now hold a 0.5-litre bottle. An additional 1.0-litre bottle will fit in the glove compartment.
The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi also offers new ‘Simply Clever’ features that proved themselves invaluable in the car’s second generation. The new ŠKODA Fabia Combi has a removable cover with a practical retractable function for the boot. Also available in the boot are two bag hooks. In the Fabia Combi, the optional Net Programme comprises of three storage nets (2 vertical, 1 horizontal) to keep the boot space tidy. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot is offered. The driver can insert a parking ticket into the standard ticket holder situated on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar. Another ‘Simply Clever’ feature is the corner light function of the fog lamps.
*The future availability of CarPlay and Android Auto technology is generally at the discretion of Apple and Google. The release dates and communications regarding these issues are subject to regional variation.