Affordable while being elegant at the same time, SKODA is implementing different innovations to the RAPID range to bring these features to new heights.
Slotted between the FABIA and that of the OCTAVIA, both the RAPID and the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK belong to the compact car segment and have already managed to set new standards with regards to spaciousness. Indeed, while they have a compact appearance, the space made available inside is truly remarkable. Now ŠKODA will be optimizing all of these aspects.
For example while the legroom for both models is at 65 mm, the RAPID offers rear headroom of 972 mm whereas the RAPID SPACEBACK reveals headroom space of 980 mm. Boot capacity is 550 liters for the RAPID with the RAPID SPACEBACK displaying volume at 415 liters.
One significant change is the one under the hood. For both models, the brand is offering the 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI engine. There will be two versions of this with one capable of delivering power of 95 hp (70 kW) with the other being able to offer 110 hp (81 kW). Customers though can still get the 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI engine with output of 125 hp. ŠKODA will be adding two diesel engines as well with the 1.4-liter TDI engine that can offer power of 90 hp (66 kW) and the 1.6-liter TDI unit with output of 116 hp (85 kW).
In terms of visuals, the most obvious change can be seen in the front area. In addition to the bumper in the front being redesigned, integrated to it are the fog lights, which have also been modified. On the rear section, the covers on the taillights have a black-tint resulting in the unique C-shape being more easily recognizable. It also helps the rear get that more athletic appearance. The choice of 15-inch wheels, as well as 16-inch and 17-inch versions, is available.
Lights have been changed as well with the main headlights now using bi-xenon lights and the daytime running light utilized LED technology. One new addition is the Light Assistant wherein the daytime running light is turned on once the ignition is started. There is also the Coming Home and the Leaving Home features which help light up the vehicle allowing the occupant to get in or out safely.
Since we are talking about the RAPID, then it goes without saying that the interior will be looked into as well. In addition to being upgraded, there are a number of design changes that have been implemented as well. Examples of the changes to the design include those on the control panel and instruments of the vehicle’s manual air-conditioning system and the air nozzle located in the dashboard. There are also new passive and safety systems inside plus the excellent use of the brand’s “Simply Clever” solutions.
These upgraded versions will be officially unveiled by ŠKODA at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.