Launch of new Skoda Fabia Scout in India
Czech automotive giant Skoda, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has brought out the new Look variant of its Fabia premium hatchback in India. The latest edition of the model comes with petrol and diesel engines priced at Rs. 6.79 lacs and Rs. 8.10 lacs, respectively (Ex-Showroom Delhi). This iteration of the Skoda Fabia will now be the top end variant of the model in the country. A new variant of Fabia with the diesel engine of Volkswagen Vento had earlier been revealed by the car maker at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Skoda Fabia was one of the earliest premium hatchbacks in the market and is quite similar to the class-leading Maruti Suzuki Swift in terms of look and dimensions. However, its sales never picked up despite a decent configuration and a respectable brand name. Nevertheless, Skoda stayed undeterred and came out with this new model, which apparently does not have many advantages over other variants of Fabia present in the indian market till now. The modifications are all cosmetic and centred on the body kit only, rather than any change in the specifications or configuration.
In conditions of looks, the Fabia Scout is more rugged than its other siblings, even though the ground clearance has stayed the same and is still quite low.
The 1.2 L 3 cylinder MPI petrol engine of the car is capable of delivering maximum power of 75 bhp. Likewise, the diesel unit is also has capacity of 1.2 L with 3 cylinder and is supplemented with turbocharging and Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) technologies to deliver excellent performance. Both variants will be powered by the 5 speed transmission system for smooth gear shifts. The engines are said to be economical but underpowered, which can prove to be a negative point for the vehicle. In the Indian automotive market, Skoda Fabia Scout will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai Jazz.