Skoda Rapid facelift’s exterior and interior spied up close
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Interior features new seat fabrics and equipment.
Motoroids has posted a gallery of spyshots featuring the Skoda Rapid facelift inside out. It’s expected to launch in August 2016, and is Skoda’s second product launch for this year.
The front-end has been cleverly covered up with plastic to hide the design changes. It is reported to feature a restyled front bumper, new headlamps, updated grille design, new engine hood and facelifted front fenders. It’s possible that the new Rapid could adopt a front-end inspired by that of Euro-spec Skoda Rapid. The rear bumper is also padded up, signifying more changes.
Inside, the test mule features new dual tone seat fabrics, and could source the latest equipment from the 2016 VW Vento such as rain sensing wipers, auto dimming IRVM, phone book/SMS viewer and Mirrorlink connectivity as part of a new Mirrorlink infotainment system for the PQ25 platform in India. LED DRLs could also be an option, as seen in the Vento showcased at the Auto Expo.
Engine lineup is likely to retain the 1.6-litre MPI four-cylinder petrol and an updated version of the 1.5-litre TDI four-cylinder engines. The petrol engine is offered with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission choices while the diesel engine can be paired to a 5-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission choices.
Rivals: VW Vento, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna
Expected Price: INR 8-13 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Expected Arrival: August 2016
Skoda Rapid facelift – Image Gallery