First images of the Chinese-spec 2020 Skoda Rapid have leaked online. The Indian-spec next-gen Skoda Rapid due in 2021 will look different and will likely be more advanced. It will be based on the MQB A0 IN platform and arrive in 2021.
The next-gen Skoda Rapid for China seen here is most likely be based on the same PQ25 platform as the first-gen model. On the outside, it is a much sharper looking car. It now gets a more angular front radiator grille which has grown sleeker than before. The upper grille is flanked by newly designed headlamps which look sleeker and aggressive. The fog lamps have been repositioned, and below them, sits a wider lower grille which stretches across the width of the front fascia. Overall, the front-end is somewhat reminiscent of the Skoda Scala.
On the sides, the new, 16-inch machine-finished alloy wheels add a flair of sportiness to the overall design, while at the rear, there are newly designed, sleeker inspired tail lamps and faux chrome exhaust muffler tips. The overall silhouette of the new Rapid now looks more dynamic and elegant than before. The understated design may not appeal those who have an eye for the recently unveiled 2020 Hyundai Verna, though.
The Chinese-spec 2020 Skoda Rapid measures 4,512 mm in length, 1,706 mm in width, and has a 1,469 mm height. The old model's length, width and height are 4,512 mm, 1,706 mm and 1,469 mm respectively. It has a wheelbase of 2,603 mm, which is the same as that of the outgoing model. Under the hood, it carries over the 82 kW (111.49 PS) 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine.
In other updates, Skoda launched the Kodiaq Corporate Edition and the Superb (DSG) Corporate Edition in India today. The former is priced at INR 32.99 lakh*, while the latter's prices start at INR 25.99 lakh*.