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.