The first-generation Skoda Fabia was presented back in 1999 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and has been an integral part of the company’s model lineup for more than two decades. It was always positioned in the European B-segment but never had a crossover for sale alongside the available hatchback and wagon versions. This could change later this decade when Skoda could launch a battery-powered Fabia-branded crossover.
Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, this vehicle will combine the Fabia’s compact dimensions with raised suspension and perhaps a little more cabin space. The new model may still be on the drawing board but we already have an exclusive rendering that previews the possible designs. To some extent, this as-yet-unnamed (and not yet fully confirmed) crossover will be positioned as an electric alternative to the Kamiq, which will receive a refresh soon.
With the Vision 7S concept, Skoda introduced a new logo and brand identity. This rendering incorporates a completely new nose design, which is now characterized primarily by the new T-shaped headlights. Also, there is a closed grille on which the redesigned Skoda logo resides. The general profile of an electric crossover from Skoda should be boxy with very low belt lines giving a larger greenhouse for a brighter interior.
It’s really hard to predict what the interior of this new product will look like – we’re at least three to four years away from seeing it on the road. It’s probably a safe bet, however, that Skoda will bet big on digitization with its fully digital instrument cluster and large infotainment screen. A heads-up display could also be part of the package, but – again – these are just preliminary predictions.
Knowing how Skoda remains focused on practicality for its models, the Fabia-branded electric crossover could become one of the leaders in its segment in terms of reach and cargo space. Initial rumors suggest around 249 miles (400 kilometers) on a single charge and a state-of-the-art electrical system, enabling up to 200 kW of charging.