Skoda is enhancing its Rapid and Rapid Spaceback with numerous innovations as part of a facelift ahead of their arrival in Ireland this July.
Passengers will also have the option to be ‘always online’ thanks to a WLAN (wireless local radio network ) hotspot and additional new connectivity features from Skoda Connect.
The new programme includes two 1.0-TSI engines with three cylinders, which are not only efficient, but also powerful and dynamic. The upgraded models were presented to the public for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Positioned between the Fabia and the Octavia, the Rapid and Rapid Spaceback are in the class of compact cars and Skoda claims that they set the benchmark for spaciousness among the direct competition. Compact on the outside, they boast a spacious interior.
Skoda says the visual enhancement of the Rapid is particularly evident at the front. The modified fog lights shine in the newly designed lower part of the bumper. The Spaceback now also features an extended rear window and the boot door, which it says is popular for its size and width, makes it easy to load the luggage compartment.
The side view on both models is characterized by the long wheelbase and the coupe-like silhouette, with what Skoda describes as a sharp tornado line creating an interplay of light and shadow.
There are two new 1.0TSI petrol engines available in the new Rapid with either 95bhp or 110bhp options, which reduce overall vehicle weight and help to reduce fuel consumption, while all powertrains are also equipped with brake energy recovery and a start-stop system.
Speaking at the announcement, Cathal Kealey, PR manager at Skoda Ireland, commented: “In anticipation of the fantastic new Rapid and Rapid Spaceback we are currently offering up to €4,000 scrappage on the current Rapid range until the end of March to ensure the best value for our customers throughout 2017.”
At the time of writing, there were no details on Irish pricing and specifications but Skoda Ireland did say that they are expected to be competitive.