• Feb 28, 2010
Facelifted 2010 Škoka Fabia and Roomster – Click above for high-res image gallery

In just a little bit now there's going to be a party in Switzerland called the Geneva Motor Show, and Škoda is in on the BYOB action. The Czech brand will show off the facelifted Fabia, Fabia Estate and Roomster, along with their new engines. Both models get new grilles and so-called "3D-shaped headlamps" for "a more dynamic look" and to emphasize the width of the cars.

The power behind those new horizontals will be a new engine portfolio of four gas-powered units and two diesels that start at 60 horsepower and top out at 105. One of those gas engines, the 1.2-liter TSI with 105 hp, runs through a 7-speed DSG 'box and returns 53.3 imperial miles per gallon (44.4 U.S. mpg). Follow the jump for the complete specs, and have a look at the two cars in the photos below.



[Source: Škoda]
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ŠKODA SHOWS NEW FACES OF FABIA AND ROOMSTER

  • Complete facelift of Fabia, Fabia Estate and Roomster
  • New engines and technology for both models
  • Reduced emissions and improved performance
  • Will be debuted at Geneva Motor Show, 2010

Škoda Auto is unveiling the new-look Fabia and Roomster at this year's Geneva Motorshow. Škoda's compact cars have been given an exciting exterior redesign, plus a fresh range of engines, packed with new technology.

The new design accentuates the cars' width, with a totally redesigned face that gives both cars a more dynamic look, increasing their road presence. Scout models have also been redesigned, with a new Fabia hatch version making its debut in Geneva.

The new look is most evident in the redesigned radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps, which have been considerably widened, highlighting the stronger horizontal line of the cars' faces. This gives both Fabia and Roomster a more dynamic look, while losing none of the cars' elegance and appeal. Both vehicles now look more confident, mature and expressive.

The Fabia, Fabia Estate and Roomster also receive a number of technological improvements including state-of-the-art engines. This new engine portfolio is at the very core of the changes, with the entire front structure being redesigned to accommodate them.

Škoda will offer four petrol engines and two diesel units in the UK, with power ranging from 60bhp to 105bhp in the Fabia and from 70bhp to 105bhp in the Roomster. All engines comply with the EU5 standard and deliver exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels.

But Škoda's development efforts weren't only aimed at improving efficiency – improved performance was also a key goal. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the new 1.2 TSI 105bhp petrol engine is combined with the optimised, two-clutch seven-speed DSG transmission. This delivers impressive power with excellent combined fuel consumption of just 53.3 mpg. The four-cylinder 1.2 TSI engine is available in two power levels – 85 bhp and 105bhp. Both of these will also be available with a five-speed manual transmission.

Both diesel units are fitted with high-pressure Common Rail injection, with a pressure of up to 1,600 bar combined with fast-responding piezoelectric injectors that are able to perform as many as five injections within one beat, resulting in improved engine refinement. Both diesel engines feature particulate filters as standard and CO2 emissions are under 110g/km.

The Fabia engine line-up consists of:
* 1.2 6V 60 bhp
* 1.2 12V 70 bhp
* 1.2 TSI 85 bhp
* 1.2 TSI 105bhp (manual and DSG)
* 1.6 TDI CR DPF 90 bhp
* 1.6 TDI CR DPF 105 bhp

The Roomster is available with the following engines:
* 1.2 12V 70 bhp
* 1.2 TSI 85 bhp
* 1.2 TSI 105bhp (manual and DSG)
* 1.6 TDI CR DPF 90 bhp
* 1.6 TDI CR DPF 105 bhp

The Škoda stand will be located in Hall 2, stand 2160. The press conference will take place on March 2nd 2010 at 12.45 at the Škoda Auto stand.


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  • 21 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Engines are much better, but this is really not a 'exciting exterior redesign', it's such a small change!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Skoda's are basically VW's for 75% of the cost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Satisfied user of Ritz VXi. more than 2000 km in first 3 weeks. Really comfortable. Good silent engine, Good AC. Satisfactory fuel efficiency. Good dealer network..
      • 4 Years Ago
      To quote Red Green: if the ladies don't find you handsome, then they should find you handy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know.. until this moment I had no idea the Roomster and Fabia were basically the same car. Well, you learn something new every day :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Had to laugh at the second commenter's post. No one buys Skodas in Europe? I guess that'll be why they built nearly 1 million cars last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Å kodas of late have really been inoffensively handsome in appearance... and since I'm 1/8 Czech, I guess I'm biased... but from all the reviews I've seen of them on British car shows, they appear to be well-engineered, well-priced, and decently-reliable...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want a Roomster. How sweet would it be to have your own Popemobile?
        • 4 Years Ago
        BWAHAHAHAHAHA... never thought of that XD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keeping in mind that VW owns Skoda and VW and Suzuki are now "in bed" with each other, doesn't the roof line (greenhouse area) of the Fabria look like the roofline of the Suzuki Swift 4 door hatch? Am I the only one whom has noticed this? A backend shot of the Fabria would really tell the tale in this is the case.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Such great cars. We've owned a Skoda Octavia for two years. Great fun and outstanding reliability. If VW had half a brain they would bring the entire Skoda line to the US and completely drop the VW lineup....and watch sales in the US triple.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Almo: Are you on crack or just hater?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Skodas are increidbly durable and strong, owners love them. In fact, it won an owner satisfaction, it even beat Lexus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if they want so sell Skodas in the US they need to make them look more aggressive. they need mud flaps, flames on the side, big chrome wheels and 20 cup holders.

        or they could just make all models hybrids , Americans love those things.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great fun? I'd like to know your definition of 'fun'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah.....sales would actually go lower than a 1/3 of current VW sales........plus a new brand replacing a classic brand here would be ludicrous. Not to mention the fact that I don't believe people would buy an ugly SUV called.....the Yeti.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you on DRUGS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see a little SAAB in these......
      • 4 Years Ago
      If VW wants to push a little upmarket (and they obviously do, since they'll be bringing back the Phaeton), Skoda would be the perfect brand to bring to American and fill in the volume gaps here.

      Skoda cars are distinctive, well-made, and inexpensive. They'd be the perfect Kia alternative here in the US.

      And I'd love a Fabia or Roomster. They're pretty cool.
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