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Skoda Fabia 2023: 600 units locked in for the next 12 months, mid-spec model for Australia a possibility


Skoda has a strong amount of new Fabia Monte Carlos coming to Australia and there could even be a mid-spec model in the works

Skoda Australia says it plans to bring 600 Fabia Monte Carlos into the country in the next 12 months and that there could be a lower-tier model coming at a later stage. 

The newcomer variant could possibly receive the 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI turbocharged engine sourced from the Volkswagen Polo. This same engine was available on the third-generation Fabia

Skoda Australia’s brand director Michael Irmer said that “we might introduce what we call a ‘medium spec’ with maybe the three-cylinder engine as well. 

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo rear boot
The new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo will cost from $37,990 driveaway

“That will give us a car that’s a bit more accessible than the current car, which is obviously not for everybody, but that is subject to supply freeing up,” Irmer continued. 

The new fourth-generation Skoda Fabia is only available with one variant in Australia – the full-fruit Monte Carlo edition, which is fitted with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 110kW/250Nm. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that is connected exclusively to the front wheels. 

There’s clear feasibility for a lower-grade variant given the Monte Carlo’s $37,990 driveaway pricing. 

The cheaper Fabia could adopt a similar specification to the current Volkswagen Polo Life or Style and could be priced around $30k-$32k. It could possibly feature a manual or dual-clutch transmission option, a smaller driving display and an 8.0-inch central touchscreen as standard.

Volkswagen Polo GTI 2022-3
The Skoda Fabia runs on the same platform as the Volkswagen Polo

The Skoda Fabia competes with other light cars such as the Volkswagen Polo, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris and the MG MG3

What do you get in the new Skoda Fabia?

The Fabia Monte Carlo is well equipped as standard, with features such as a 10.25-inch digital cockpit, a 9.2-inch central touchscreen, wireless phone charging, DAB radio, four USB-C outlets and sports comfort seats with side bolsters.

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo side shot interior
The Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo is well appointed inside

A three-spoke steering wheel with multifunction buttons, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear privacy glass, keyless entry and dual-zone climate control are also included. 

Standard safety kit on the Fabia Monte Carlo includes six airbags, adaptive cruise, driver fatigue monitoring, front AEB with cyclist and pedestrian detection and lane-keep assist. 

Also included for safety is rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, tyre-pressure monitoring and a speed limiter. 

Skoda Fabia 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are driveaway.

  • Fabia Monte Carlo: $37,990