All-new Skoda Rapid sedan: What the Honda City challenger will look like

The Skoda Rapid C-Segment sedan will hop onto an all-new platform some time in 2021. Skoda India has started working on a new, low cost platform based on the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform. Known as MQB A0, the new platform will underpin a compact SUV and a C-Segment sedan initially, and the all-new Rapid is the sedan in question. Here is a speculative render that shows what the all-new Skoda Rapid could look like.

The car clearly seems inspired by the Volkswagen Virtus, a sedan that the German automaker sells in South America. The render also indicates that the new Rapid will have cues from the Octavia and other Skodas, enough to maintain familiarity with Skoda’s overall design language. Then there’s a snub-nosed grille up front, sharper headlamps and a coupe-like plunging roofline at the rear. Overall, the car does look sporty, and quite tightly put together, which is typical of most Skoda cars. The rear seems inspired by the current Octavia, especially the tail lamp section.

As for mechanicals, the new Skoda Rapid will feature a 1 litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that the Volkswagen group will soon start building in India, with a high amount of localization. This engine will be one of the more powerful turbocharged petrol motors offered on mass market cars sold here, what with a power output of about 115 Bhp and torque output of nearly 200 Nm. This motor is likely to get manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options, and should make the new Rapid very peppy indeed.

The diesel motor will be the familiar 1.5 litre TDI turbocharged unit but with major changes to meet the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, which will be much tighter than the current norms. This motor currently makes 105 Bhp-250 Nm, and similar outputs are likely on the newer version as well. Like the petrol unit, the diesel is expected to get manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The new Rapid will get airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors as standard. More safety options are also likely to be offered on the new model.