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New Generation Skoda Rapid to be launch in India by end 2021

New Generation Skoda Rapid to be launch in India by end 2021

New Generation Skoda Rapid to be launch in India by end 2021

The new Skoda midsize sedan (‘notchback’ in Skoda’s terms) will see a market launch sometime towards the end of 2021, according to Zac Hollis, director (Sales, Service & Marketing), Skoda Auto India. We had reported about this development earlier this year.

The upcoming new Generation Rapid will bear a strong resemblence to the skoda scala.The company is also readying a new MQB AO IN platform, which will underpin India-specific cars from Volkswagen and Skoda. Skoda will launch 2 new cars based on this new platform in 2021. 

The Skoda Rapid has retained (overseas version) its liftback body while adopting an overall sharper-looking design. It has done away with the oddly shaped, halogen headlamps and gained new arrow-shaped headlights with built-in LEDs. Also new is a hexagonal radiator grille which looks more premium and elevates its aggressiveness.

Inside, the Skoda Rapid gets new decorative panels, redesigned dashboard with premium materials and a floating type infotainment display (with a display measuring up to 8 inches), and ambient lights for the footwell, centre console, door handles and the storage compartments in the doors. The wide-sized HVAC vents have been trimmed and made slimmer. They sport chrome outline. Also, the steering wheel has been redesigned and boasts a plethora of controls. Apart from this, the analogue instrument panel has been swapped with a fully digital unit, and this adds up to the overall modern appeal of the cabin significantly.

The Russian-spec will be available with two steering wheel options, a conventional 3-spoke unit and a 2-spoke, heated unit. A heated windshield will also be available to cope with the brutally cold climate of the country.