VW-owned Skoda introduces Fabia-based FUNstar concept

The FUNstar is based on the Ford Fiesta-sized Fabia hatchback.

Volkswagen's Czech Republic-based Škoda division has announced it will introduce a new concept called FUNstar at the annual GTI Meeting that will take place later this month in Wörthersee, Austria.

The FUNstar is a pickup version of the new Fabia, a sub-compact hatchback aimed at the Ford Fiesta. Built by a team of young apprentices, the concept is nearly identical to the production car when it is viewed from the front but the sheet metal above the rear seats and the trunk has been cut out to create a small bed lined with stainless steel.

Not purely utilitarian, Škoda's latest concept gains a full body kit, a new hood with a pair of large vents, a white and gray two-tone paint job with contrasting bright green accents and 18-inch alloy wheels sourced from the Octavia RS. Škoda has not published pictures of the FUNstar's interior, but it says the cockpit has been upgraded with a pair of sport seats, new trim pieces that echo the two-tone paint job and an eardrum-shattering 1,400-watt sound system.

The FUNstar is slightly more powerful than a stock Fabia thanks to a 1.2-liter four-cylinder TSI four-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower. The four-banger spins the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox sourced from the Volkswagen parts bin.

Škoda has offered car-based pickups in the past but it abandoned the segment over a decade ago with no plans to make a comeback. The FUNstar is merely a one-off model designed to showcase the capacity of the company's apprentices, and Škoda stresses that the concept does not preview a production-bound minitruck.

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