Next-gen Skoda Rapid to be renamed and rival Golf

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Jul 2018

Next year Skoda will release a brand new Rapid, but it won’t be called that.

The news comes from Alain Favey, Skoda’s head of sales and marketing. He sat down with Autocar UK and confirmed that the new model will indeed be a new generation, rather than a refresh. Along with the name change, it will bring “completely new technology, completely new styling,” he said, adding that the fastback variant will be cut from the line-up.

Next year’s Rapid will ride on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, like the Seat Arona, and have a newly developed “state-of-the-art” infotainment system, according to Favey. Engines are expected to be shared with the upcoming Fabia replacement, meaning 1.0- and 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines, with diesel power a possibility. No electrification is planned, however.

The reason behind the big changes is so people don’t get confused between the Rapid and Octavia. “The new Rapid will not be available as an estate, while the Octavia Estate makes up a lot of the Octavia’s sales. The Rapid is clearly a Golf rival in design, while the Octavia is a three-box hatch.

“The real Golf contender will be Rapid. You will not be able to be confused between the new Rapid and Octavia.”

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NZ Autocar

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