The Škoda Fabia has been on the world market for seven years now, which means it's about time for replacement. And that's just what Škoda has in store.

The Czech hatch is based on the Volkswagen Polo, but offers a bit more space for a bit less money than its German counterpart, making it a compelling proposition for European buyers. For the next generation, the Fabia will grow a little wider, sit a little lower and look a bit more determined.

Previewed in the rendering above, the upcoming third-generation Fabia draws inspiration from two sources. On one hand is the VisionC concept car, a sleek five-door "coupe" unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. One the other is the Fabia rally car that has dominated the European Rally Championship and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, setting the stage for the VW Polo R WRC that's currently in the lead to defend its World Rally Championship title.

The new Škoda Fabia looks sleek and taut, which only serves to underline what a shame it is that we won't get it Stateside. Expect the new hatchback to make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October.
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The new ŠKODA Fabia – new, modern design for a young car

› New design: the new ŠKODA Fabia takes on design elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car – expressive, modern and dynamic
› Well balanced: added width and flatter body create harmonious proportions
› Individuality: new, fresh interior design concepts

Mladá Boleslav, 17 July 2014 – Modern, dynamic and emotional; the new ŠKODA Fabia rolls up on the automotive catwalk.

‚ÄčThe first design sketch shows a young, crisp, urban small car with typical ŠKODA genes and lots of character. This is the first time in a series production vehicle that ŠKODA designers have incorporated elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car. ŠKODA motorsport has also provided inspiration for the final design. These two foundations combined give the new ŠKODA Fabia more dynamics, passion and emotion. This sharp, new image fuses crystalline shapes and sharp lines with the highest precision. The hatchback model is characterised by well-balanced, tight proportions. The new ŠKODA Fabia is now nine centimetres wider and stands three centimetres lower. In addition, the ŠKODA Fabia now offers a completely new, versatile interior with individual options for customization. The newly developed ŠKODA Fabia is one further achievement in ŠKODA's largest model campaign in corporate history, once again proving the strength of the brand.

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