It is a known fact that Skoda is working on the Rapid replacement and it will go on sale by the end of this year. Now, we have more details about the upcoming model. Replying to a user on Twitter, Zac Hollis, Director - ŠKODA AUTO India, confirmed that the Rapid successor will be bigger than the current model and will also be positioned above it. He said, “ We will not launch a facelifted Rapid in India. We will launch an all-new Sedan at the end of this year. It will be larger than Rapid and positioned above it.”
With the launch of the Rapid successor, Skoda might also take a page from Honda’s book. It might sell the new sedan alongside the current-gen Rapid as Honda sells the fifth-gen City alongside the fourth-gen model. While the current Rapid retails from Rs 7.79 lakh to Rs 13.29 lakh (ex-showroom India), Skoda might price the new sedan from Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
Skoda’s new sedan will be based on the new MQB A0 IN platform. It is the same platform that underpins the recently unveiled Kushaq. It might be called the ‘Slavia’, a name Skoda had trademarked last year.
Under the hood, it will borrow Rapid’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol TSI petrol engine. However, it is expected to get this engine in a higher state of tune. While on the Rapid, the 1.0-litre unit makes 110PS and 175Nm, on the Kushaq, it makes 115PS and 175Nm, 5 PS more than Rapid.
Transmission options are expected to remain unchanged with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
The new Skoda sedan should be loaded on the features front as well. Expect it to get features like LED headlamps, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an electric sunroof, auto AC and safety features like 6 airbags, electronic stability control and hill launch assist.
The Rapid successor will be Skoda’s fourth launch this year after the Octavia (April 2021), Kushaq (June 2021) and the Kodiaq facelift (Q3 2021). It will take on likes of the fifth-gen Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the upcoming second-gen Vento.