Set to launch at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, the current Skoda Rapid and the estate Spaceback have both received a refreshing mid-term update, bringing both the models up to speed with rivals with fresh looks and technology
The New Skoda Rapid
Small and subtle design changes to the exterior include new front fog lights set into a newly designed front bumper and a thin, narrow chrome strip make the front look wider. LED daytime running lights are included as standard equipment with the full LED headlamps available as an option.
The New Skoda Rapid Spaceback
The rear gains a sportier look with black tinted covers on the rear taillights in the distinctive C-shape we now see on all Skoda rear lights. The Spaceback now includes an extended rear window on the much loved wide boot door.
New features of the interior include a new air vent design, new control layouts for the air conditioning. Skoda’s Care Connect package is an option that can also double up as an in car Wi-Fi hotspot. The Care Connect will contact the emergency services automatically if the car is in an accident and also tell them where the car is. As part of Skoda’s “simply clever” solutions, two USB ports feature in the rear for charging mobiles or other electronic devices.
The new petrol 1.0 TSI is a new addition to the engine line-up and joins the 1.4 TSI, 1.4 TDI and 1.6 TDI. The 1.0 TSI is available in two power outputs 94bhp and 109bhp with 64.2mpg and 62.8mpg for the latter.
The all-new Skoda Rapid is full of Practicality at an affordable and sensible price point, although the position in the market has always seemed a little unclear, Skoda see it as an in between model placed in the middle of the Fabia and Octavia.
Both cars will be on the Skoda stand at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show and available to order later in the year.