The three-pot engine replaces the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo and will come in two tunes; the 70TSI, which produces 70kW/160Nm, and 81TSI with an 81kW/200Nm output, replacing the four-cylinder engine with its 66kW/160Nm and 81kW/175Nm outputs in the old 66TSI and 81TSI respectively.
As before, the smaller output version engine (70TSI) only comes with a five-speed manual transmission while the 81TSI is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
The 70TSI has a combined fuel economy rating of 4.5L/100km, 0.3L/100km better than the old 66TSI, whereas the 81TSI improves by 0.1L/100km to 4.7L/100km despite having an extra 25Nm of torque.
The engine change is the only difference to the new range and will result in a $400 jump in entry-level pricing for hatch and wagon variants, with a $500 increase for the range-topping Monte Carlo models.
As before, the 2018 Skoda Fabia is equipped with city-speed autonomous braking of up to 30km/h, front assist up to 160km/h, and a touchscreen infotainment with reversing camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone pairing.
The MY18 Skoda Fabia range will start arriving in showrooms next week.
2018 Skoda Fabia pricing
- 70TSI manual hatch - $16,890
- 70TSI manual wagon - $18,040
- 81TSI auto sedan - $19,890
- 81TSI auto wagon - $21,040
- 81TSI Monte Carlo auto sedan – $23,990
- 81TSI Monte Carlo auto wagon – $25,140