Škoda elevates Fabia interior to new levels

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According to Škoda, the latest iteration of its popular Fabia model now has an interior which is more spacious and comes with additional comfort features compared with its predecessor.

In keeping with the brand’s current interior design concept, its look is characterized by fresh colors and the free-standing infotainment display measuring up to 9.2in. Other options making their debut in the model include a heated windshield and heated steering wheel (features previously found in higher tier vehicles). Škoda will offer four trim levels in the UK from market launch.

Kateřina Vránová, head of color and trim design at Škoda, commented, “We have also equipped the new Fabia with our current interior design concept featuring a free-standing central display and a symmetrical instrument panel. The lower part of the dashboard is upholstered in fabric and sports contrasting stitching, which creates a pleasant and homely feel. Colored decorative features, specific ambient lighting and chrome applications add to the car’s character and fresh look. Horizontal lines emphasize the width of the interior, further enhancing the generous feeling of spaciousness.”

Besides the symmetrical instrument panel and the line below the central display which reflects the contours of the Škoda grille, the large circular air vents on the right and left also stand out. On the Ambition level and up, these feature a chrome trim, as do the restyled door handles, and the front section of the dashboard is upholstered in fabric with contrasting stitching. Another new feature is the large Fabia lettering on both sides of the instrument-cluster housing.

Škoda notes the Fabia can now be ordered with some comfort features previously reserved for higher tier vehicles. For example, this is the first Fabia that can be ordered with dual-zone Climatronic including additional air vents on the rear of the front center armrest to keep passengers cool. When equipped with this optional air conditioning system, the center console features two rotary knobs to allow the temperature to be regulated separately for both sides of the vehicle. All of the system’s functions are easy to operate via just eight buttons.

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