A week after unveiling the exterior of the 2015 Skoda Fabia, the Czech manufacturer has now released a dashboard image of the new B-segment hatchback ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
As with the exterior, the interior looks very much like newer Skoda models such as the Octavia and the Rapid, with sharp creases and a very sober control layout. Despite an 8 mm decrease in overall length, the company is touting an interior that is now 8 mm longer at 1,674 mm. There’s also 21 mm more elbow room at the front (1,401 mm) and 2 mm more at the back (1,386 mm).
There’s more room for your luggage too – the boot has swelled by 15 litres to 330 litres – putting it firmly near the top of the class – while folding the rear seats increases that space to 1,150 litres. The rear access width is 1,098 mm, the loading area is 960 mm wide (20 mm wider than before) and the tailgate swings open to 1,915 mm, while a low sill height should make loading and unloading cargo that little bit easier.
The new Fabia will also be the first Skoda to come with MirrorLink smartphone interoperability technology that allows you to control your phone’s media and apps such as navigation through the car’s Bolero infotainment system. Another feature, SmartGate, enables the transfer of vehicle information such as fuel consumption, average speed and journey costs to selected smartphone apps through WiFi.
In addition, Skoda claims the Fabia contains up to 17 “Simply Clever” features depending on the specs. These include an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap, a dedicated cradle for a smartphone, multiple new storage compartments (including one for a high-visibility vest in the driver’s door, a dustbin, a parking ticket holder in the A-pillar, 500 ml bottle holders in the rear doors and a glovebox that can fit a one litre bottle.
Production has already begun at the Mladá Boleslav factory in the Czech Republic – the first unit being the Race Blue example seen above – before reaching showrooms starting from November.