Nearly four years after the rectilinear third-generation Skoda Fabia was unveiled to the world, the facelifted version has finally come about. The mid-cycle update brings with it minor changes to the exterior and interior, plus a new engine range and a couple of additional features.

On the outside, that means the adoption of sharper LED head- and tail lights, along with a redesigned grille and a reprofiled rear bumper with new reflectors along the bottom edge. The range of wheel options have also been revised and measure up to 18 inches in diameter.

The Czech carmaker has yet to release images of the interior, merely saying that the Fabia now gets a redesigned instrument cluster, new dashboard trim strips and two-tone seat upholstery. Other practical additions include a tyre tread depth gauge on the ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler flap, a portable LED flashlight in the boot of the Combi wagon, as well as optional rear USB ports and double-sided boot mat.

In terms of infotainment, the Fabia receives a new Swing system with a 6.5-inch display and a range of Skoda Connect mobile online services. An Amundsen navigation system with real-time Online Traffic Information is available as an option, as is SmartLink+ smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate functionality.

Skoda has eliminated diesel variants from the Fabia lineup, condensing the range to just four petrol models, each powered by 1.0 litre three-cylinder engines. The naturally-aspirated MPI version is available with either 60 hp and 75 hp outputs, while the turbocharged TSI is equipped with a particulate filter and comes in 95 hp and 110 hp flavours. A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission is available on more powerful models.