India-bound next-gen Skoda Rapid sedan: Official sketch released

A few months back, Skoda revealed that the new generation model of the Rapid sedan will be launched in India by 2021. The Chinese version of the car had been spied a couple of weeks back and now, Skoda has released the official sketch of the new generation Skoda Rapid sedan. According to the manufacturer, the world premiere of the new Rapid will take place in Russia at the end of this year. Going by the sketch, one can make out that the design of the new Rapid seems to be inspired by the new generation Superb. The latter will be launched on our shores by mid 2020.

India-bound next-gen Skoda Rapid sedan: Official sketch released

Coming to the Rapid sketch, Skoda says that the car carries balanced proportions, sharp edges and vibrant design elements that emphasize the modern character of the model. Further, it features unique arrow-shaped headlights and a hexagonal radiator grill which reflects a new stage in the evolution of the brand’s design language and create an instantly recognizable image of the new Skoda Rapid.

Well, that was what Skoda says about the car but frankly speaking, the car does look good if this is how it’s going to turn out. Talking about the Chinese version of the car that was spied earlier, it featured a lot of design changes that seem to be inspired by the new Superb. There is a new grille up front with thick chrome surrounds along with sleeker headlamps that are joined to the grille. A little below are the sleek fog lamp housings but it’s not known if the foglights will be all LED units or not.

India-bound next-gen Skoda Rapid sedan: Official sketch released
CarToq’s Render of the upcoming Rapid

The sides are more or less the same save for the new alloys and a slightly altered windowline. Moving to the rear end of the car, there are all-new tail lamps while the boot lid is also new. The exhausts are embedded into the bumper of the car. Also, a sunroof is likely to come with the Indian version of the car, though it will only be limited to the top-end variant. The interiros of the vehicles remain largely elusive till now but expect Skoda to give them a through revamp. The dashboard design is likely to be changed along with the additon of new featuers and a more modern theme.

Further, a new touchscreen infotainment system in place and the top-end variant will also get leather seats among other luxurious features. Coming to the powertrain options, Skoda is expected to offer both petrol and diesel engine options with the upcoming Rapid. The Chinese-spec version will get the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine only and it develops around 110 PS and 150 Nm. The Indian-spec Rapid is expected to get a new BS6 compliant engine when launched in 2021.