Skoda says it has given its Fabia model a ‘comprehensive facelift’ and the first of the revised series has rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav.

It says the revised car has a more attractive design for the front and rear, including LED lights as well as advanced features for comfort and safety. New 1.0-litre engines are also added.

Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, said: “Production of the Skoda Fabia began almost 20 years ago in Mladá Boleslav. The latest version of our ever-popular model will now also benefit from the customary high manufacturing and quality standards at Skoda’s main plant. We have given the Skoda Fabia a comprehensive facelift. With its new design and technological features, it is now fit for the future.”

Skoda is offering the small car in two body variants: hatchback and combi.

Germany is the biggest market for the Fabia. Since the launch of its first generation in 1999, 761,800 vehicles have been delivered to customers there. With 540,300 deliveries, the Fabia’s home market – the Czech Republic – follows in second place. The United Kingdom is in third place with 335,200 vehicles delivered so far and Poland in fourth with 314,000. Whilst 78% of customers in the United Kingdom opted for the hatchback model, the combi  variant is particularly sought-after in the Czech Republic where it accounts for 43% of Fabia range vehicles delivered.

The engine portfolio of the revised small car now comprises four three-cylinder petrol engines with a 1.0-litre cylinder capacity. The two MPI engines produce 44 kW (60 PS) and 55 kW (75 PS) respectively. Due to their advanced technology including turbocharger and direct petrol injection, the TSI engines deliver 70 kW (95 PS) and 81 kW (110 PS). Both TSI engines are equipped with petrol particulate filters. The most powerful of the four engines can be coupled with a 7-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG).

For the first time, the Fabia is available with LED headlights and LED tail lights. The redesigned instrument cluster, refined decorative strips on the dashboard and the two-tone seat covers create the same elegant appearance in the interior, Skoda says. Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert and Auto Light Assist, which are usually only found in higher vehicle segments, improve safety and are available in the Fabia for the first time.