Skoda is completing tests of the fourth-generation Fabia hatchback, which will premiere in 2021. The vehicles have undergone a series of challenging tests designed to help engineers improve vehicle performance, reliability and safety.
So, the prototype of the new Fabia was tested together with a special trailer called “Towing dyno” with a dynamometer inside, thanks to which it is possible to change the resistance force acting on the car. Thus, engineers could study the ability of the machine to overcome steep climbs and tow trailers of various weights.
Plus, the new Skoda Fabia has been tested at different temperatures ranging from minus 30 to plus 45 degrees Celsius, in conditions of heavy snowfalls, dust storms and monsoon rains. Extreme tests were carried out to verify the operation of the electronics, including the basic assistance systems and vehicle safety functions.
The hatchback was also tested in a wind tunnel, where it spent more than 100 hours. The company notes that the new Skoda Fabia will have the best drag coefficient in its class – 0.28. Finally, the car passed about 150 virtual tests simulating various traffic situations.
Skoda Fabia will be created on the MQB-A0 platform, on which other “junior” models of the Volkswagen AG concern are based, including the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1. The base engine of the new Skoda Fabia will be a three-cylinder atmospheric gasoline unit with a working volume of one liter, available in two power options: 65 and 80 horsepower. Transmission – five-speed “mechanics”. In addition, supercharged versions of this unit with 95 and 110 horsepower will be available.
At the top of the line will be a 1.5-liter “turbo four”, developing 150 hp. and 250 Nm of torque. Such an engine will operate in conjunction with a 7-speed “robot” with two clutches.