Last week, news broke out that Skoda will launch a new Rapid after all, but only in Russia.
In all other European markets, both the Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatch and Rapid liftback have been replaced by the new Scala compact hatchback. However, Skoda has decided to continue using the Rapid nameplate in Russia where the model is very popular. In September, the Rapid was the Czech brand’s best-selling model and the 15th best-selling car in the country with 2,918 units sold.
A few days ago we got a first glimpse of the new model’s design courtesy of an official sketch. Now we’re getting one step closer to the finished item courtesy of these realistic renderings published by Russian website Kolesa.
Building on the official design sketch which only revealed the front end and a bit of the side profile, their automotive rendering expert had to imagine what the rear end will look like using design cues from the Scala.
Yes, we’re mostly talking about the taillights which look very similar to those on the compact hatchback and that’s actually a safe bet given that the face is also modeled after the Skoda Scala.
In all likelihood, the 2020 Rapid won’t be an all-new car, as the body appears to be the same as before with only the front and rear ends getting an overhaul. The interior is also likely to gain some upgrades, especially in the infotainment department. The 2020 Skoda Rapid is expected to debut in Russia towards the end of this year.