Skoda India unveils new petrol variant of the Fabia

With the new 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Fabia will be able to avail excise duty benefits and will be cheaper to buy

With the Fabia quickly becoming the premium hatchback of choice with the motoring cognoscenti in the country, Skoda India has gone ahead and unveiled a new, cheaper variant of the car – the petrol-powered Fabia 1.2. The Fabia 1.2 is now available in Active, Classic and Ambiente trim levels, priced at Rs 4.86 lakh to Rs 5.80 lakh, ex-showroom.

While Skoda already had the Fabia 1.4 petrol in their India lineup, the 1.2 model has been introduced to take advantage of the excise duty benefits being offered to cars with 1,200cc or smaller engine capacities. Fitted with Skoda’s 1,198cc, 16-valve, DOHC, inline-four, the Fabia 1.2 is not likely to be as perky as the 1.4 model, but the 1.2 model’s cost advantage and perhaps its better fuel efficiency will probably be appreciated by some prospective customers.

The new Fabia will have dual airbags and collapsible steering wheel as standard features, while anti-lock brakes will be on the options list, so it’s likely to be a reasonably safe car. Colour choices will include candy white, cappuccino beige, brilliant silver, magic black, satin grey, corrida red, and tangerine orange.

Skoda India has sold over 3,500 units of Fabia till April 2008. The target sales of the Fabia product line is 10,000 units for 2008, wherein the share of the Fabia 1.2 MPI is supposed to be at 40 percent.

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