Skoda Rapid was a popular mid-size sedan in the segment. It rivalled with cars like Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City in the segment. Skoda recently replaced the model with their all-new Slavia sedan, which is positioned slightly above the Rapid. Even today, there are several Skoda Rapid owners in India who have well-maintained their vehicles. For those who have not, there are several workshops who excel in restoring and modifying vehicles. Skoda Rapid was initially available with both petrol and diesel engine options but, due to stricter emission norms, the diesel engine was discontinued. Here we have a video where a 10 year old pre-facelift Skoda Rapid has been modified into a facelifted version.
The video has been uploaded by Autorounders on their YouTube channel. This is probably the first time someone has attempted to modify the pre-facelift Skoda Rapid to a facelifted version in India. The car in this video actually belongs to a actress and the car has been with her for the last years. The vide starts by showing how the car looked when it arrived at the workshop and what all modifications or changes were done to it. The original black paint on the car had started to loose its shine over the years and there were minor dents and scratches on the car as well.
The owner of this car wanted a very unique shade of black paint on the Rapid. The Black paint chosen for the car had a shade of violet in it which becomes evident only under bright light. This is a shade that is seen in McLaren supercars. The front fascia of the Skoda Rapid was completely updated. The original bumper, bonnet, front grille, headlamps, fog lamps, fenders were all removed. The small dents and scratches on the car were corrected using dent puller machine. Once that was done, a thin layer of putty was applied on the car to achieve an even finish. The excess putty was later removed. A coat of primer was then applied on the whole car.
The door panels, ORVMs were all removed along with the tail lamps. The car was then taken to the paint booth and the specific colour which was selected by the owner was applied on it. Meanwhile, the panels that were removed from the car were replaced with new units. The Skoda Rapid gets new headlamps with LED DRLs and projector type headlamps, new front grille, bumper, bonnet and even the fenders. The new panels fit perfectly on the Skoda Rapid and it does not look like a pre-facelift model from any angle.
The owner also wanted to dechrome the whole car which added to the sporty look of the car. The Skoda Rapid badge on the boot were all removed. It is not clear whether the interiors on this car were customised or not. The new alloy wheels that have been ordered for the Skoda Rapid were not delivered when the video was being recorded. The car looks brilliant from every angle and it does not look like a pre-facelift model at all.