The European Skoda Rapid received a facelift earlier this year. About two years from now, a successor is expected. Auto Zeitung has previewed the 2019 Skoda Rapid with these speculative renders.
According to the German publication, Skoda could choose not to continue using the Rapid brand in the next gen. At 4.3 metres in length, the 2019 Skoda Rapid would gun for the VW Golf and lure customers with its added space and practicality, at a lower price.
As seen with the recently introduced Skoda Kodiaq and Skoda Karoq, the all-new Rapid takes on a more angular design with a sharper front and rear. The renderings hint at conventional hatchback proportions and a notably different profile, meaning the future model may look substantially different.
The all-new Skoda Rapid will utilise the MQB platform. It should bring the kerb weight down and prepare the car for Skoda's electrification plans. Conventional engine options should include 85 PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol and 90 PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel. A petrol-CNG option like the 110 PS 1.4-litre TGI in the Golf, is also expected.
Before the second-gen Skoda Rapid, the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia should arrive in showrooms. The redesigned Octavia should serve as a technology and design display for the second-gen Rapid.
[Source: Auto Zeitung]