Skoda to Introduce Rapid facelift in 2016
Skoda fans waiting for the refreshed Skoda Rapid will require more patience as it is expected to hit the domestic car market towards the end of 2016. The Rapid made its Indian debut in 2011and has received just a few cosmetic updates till date and this makeover is a much needed one. It is being speculated that the revamped Rapid model will look similar to its international version; the chassis however will be same as the one on the Vento. The International Rapid model is built on the MQB platform and is comparatively longer than the Indian spec.
Just like its international counterpart, the next-gen Skoda Rapid will have a chic design and will bid adieu to the existing facia resembling the Fabia. The all-new Rapid will also feature an angular headlamp unit, refreshed bonnet and grille design; the side fenders will sport sharp body lines. The bumpers compliment the overall look and have got rid of the Vento like tail lamps; a unique C-shaped unit will instead add glamour to the rear. The car looks aesthetically pleasing with smooth body lines drawn from the front to the rear. In order to keep a check on costs, the next-gen Rapid will continue to use the Vento platform.
The Czech carmaker had even side-lined the plan of introducing the refreshed Rapid in India due to the manufacturing expenses, but by utilizing the current chassis the cost of the car remained feasible. The MQB platform which is used in cars like the Skoda Superb, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta is way too costly, whereas the Skoda Rapid will be compete against the likes of the Honda City. Expect no changes apart from minor tweaks in the engines, the existing 1.6-L petrol and 1.5-L diesel unit will continue to power the all-new Rapid. Rumours suggest that the carmaker might introduce a larger turbo to extract more out of the 1.5-L diesel engine which does duty in the Volkswagen Vento.
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