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Next Generation Skoda Rapid design sketches unveiled - India launch expected in 2021

Team OD Updated: October 14, 2019, 12:36 PM IST

Skoda Rapid sedan is the entry-level vehicle in the Skoda India's line-up, however, the sedan has been long in the tooth. Recently, Skoda has unveiled the design sketches of the next-generation Rapid which could replace the Indian model by 2021.

The sketches reveal the fascia of the sedan which is reminiscent of the current car, however, with bolder lines. The grill gets a vertically slotted design with chrome surrounding it. The shoulder line is flat and runs parallel to the window sill across the length of the car.

Upcoming Skoda Rapid's design sketch

The new car will be based on the MQB platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Vitrus, Skoda Kamiq and Skoda T-Cross internationally. However, the MQB platform will be exclusive to the European spec sedan, while the India spec Rapid will be based on the MQB A0-IN platform (An Indianised adaptation of the MQB platform). The India spec model will be dimensionally smaller to the European spec Skoda Rapid and will have drivetrain options much suited for our conditions.

Picture of the current generation Skoda Rapid on sale in India

Current the Skoda Rapid uses a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which is expected to be replaced by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 115PS and 200Nm of torque. The new engine could be mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

When the new Skoda Rapid will be launched in India, it will most likely rival the next-gen Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, as well as heavily updated Hyundai Verna in the mid-sized sedan segment.

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