We haven’t heard from Skoda in a while now, but it looks like the brand is ready to make some waves at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Volkswagen-owned car brand is set to unveil facelift versions of two of their existing models, the Fabia and the Roomster, at the Geneva Motor Show. Among the modifications that is expected to be included on the two new cars include a new radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps, new aluminum wheels, decorative hubcaps and paint colors.

Both models will also be offered with a choice of seven - yes, seven! - petrol engines and three diesel units with maximum output ranging from 58 hp to 103 hp for the Fabia and from 68 hp to 103 hp for Roomster.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Škoda Auto is presenting the first photos of its smallest product line that has now been completely facelifted. Made to all of the models of this line, the changes involve outside design, as well as technology and the portfolio of available engines. The vehicle’s height has remained unchanged, but its new design “language” that stresses the vehicle’s width and the brand new front make both the Fabia and the Roomster look more dynamic and self confident on the road than their predecessors. The facelift includes Scout model line which will also be presented in Geneva.

The facelifted look of the Fabia and the Roomster is underlined by a new radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps that have been considerably widened to highlight the horizontal line of the vehicle’s front. Despite its more dynamic front part, the Fabia hasn’t lost any of its elegance and the Roomster is still an eye-catcher. Both vehicles look more confident, mature and emotionally expressive. Some of the popular features, such as the shape of the glazed surfaces around the vehicle’s cabin that resemble a helmet visor and are an important part of both the Roomster’s and the Fabia’s identity, have remained unchanged. Moreover, both of the modernised model lines feature new aluminium wheels, decorative hubcaps and paint colours.

Years ago, the Fabia line became the base for Škoda’s portfolio of compact vehicles that is now made up of altogether five models. Just like the Fabia, the Fabia Combi and the Roomster (MPV) will get a number of technological improvements along with the new face, including state-of-the-art, mostly supercharged engines. The engine portfolio for the Fabia and the Roomster is actually the core of all the changes. The manufacturer offers altogether seven petrol engines and three diesel units whose power ranges from 44 kW to 77 kW in the Fabia and from 51 kW to 77 kW in the Roomster. All of the engines exported to EU countries comply with the EU 5 standard and have low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels.

The objective of Škoda’s development efforts was to improve the power of the engines and make them more environmentally friendly at the same time. Combined with an optimised two-clutch seven-speed DSG transmission, the new 1.2 TSI petrol engine (77 kW) has a consumption of 5.3 litres/100 km. The four-cylinder TSI engine is available in two power levels – 63 kW and 77 kW. Both of these versions will also be available in combination with a five-speed manual transmission.

The power of the 1.2- and 1.6-litre diesel engines ranges from 55 kW to 77 kW. All of the diesel units are fitted with a particulate filter. One of the main changes is high-pressure Common Rail injection - the injection pressure is as much as 1,600 bar and the fast-responding piezoelectric injectors are able to perform as many as five injections within one beat. As a result, all engines run is considerably smoother and the volume of emissions is under 110g/km of CO2 thorough the whole diesel range. The combustion gases in all of the diesel versions of the Fabia and the Roomster are cleaned in an oxidation catalyst and by means of exhaust gas recirculation.

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  (666) posted on 03.24.2010

Nothing seems fascinating about this one. Don’t even have an impressive exterior.

  (570) posted on 02.28.2010

What is so amusing about this car’s? Nothing! They all the same, they are not even special.

  (765) posted on 02.24.2010

Not bad for a car that is good for utility jobs. Well, that car that small doesn’t need more than a hundred HP anyways. It would be great for city driving and if I were to consider it, I’d go for the diesel options.

  (344) posted on 02.24.2010

What is so amusing about this car? Nothing! They all the same.

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