2019 Skoda Rapid Spaceback Makes Spy Debut At The Nürburgring

The Skoda Rapid lineup was given a facelift last year, but that only serves to keep the model relevant for a short while, as an all-new generation model is tipped to arrive as early as next year.

Here we have the first spy shots of the next-generation Rapid, which will bring significant changes to Skoda’s econobox. It might even drop the Rapid moniker to reflect the upcoming updates, but until the name change becomes official, we will be referring to it as Rapid.

We also hear that only the Spaceback body style will survive, with the fastback version getting axed. So what you see in the gallery is the Rapid Spaceback undergoing dynamic testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It may not be so obvious in the photos, but the new generation Rapid is both longer and wider than the current model, approaching VW Golf dimensions.

Underpinned by the MQB A0 platform, which is already used by other VW Group models such as the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, the new Rapid will try to steal sales from compact models like the Ford Focus, Opel Astra, and Kia Ceed.

Increasing the size of the new Rapid will allow Skoda to move the next-generation Octavia slightly upmarket, thus giving the brand a significant presence in the C-segment. The use of the MQB architecture means there should be no surprises in the engine department. Gasoline, diesel, and mild-hybrid powertrains from the VW Group are on the table, and they will be shared with the next-generation Fabia arriving in 2020.

As for the styling, all we know is the upcoming Rapid will be much easier to distinguish from the Octavia than before. The Vision RS Concept should provide some strong clues about the design if the RS parts are not taken into account. The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback is expected to debut in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien & CarPix for CarScoops
  • Giannis Antypas

    So the next Skoda Rapid is expected to ride on a B-segment platform (MQB A0) ie the one to be shared with the 2020 Fabia,
    and try to be convincing in C-segment competition?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      It’s never harmed the Octavia.

      • Able

        The Octavia has never been on a Fabia platform? It’s always been Golf.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          I’d hoped people would realise I meant it challenging outside it’s segment like the first comment.

    • The current Rapid is a re-model of a Fabia Estate and yet it was the 3rd best-selling Skoda last year. May have not been class-leading but there’s success somewhere.

  • driv3r

    No, its not the MQB-A0. This site is often so full of wrong information. The A0-version is for the Ibiza, Polo, A1, Fabia-Version of cars. Since the Rapid is a Golf-size car it will have the same underpinnings as the Golf, A3 etc. which is the standard MQB. For me it even looks bigger than a current Golf in terms of overall size in those spy pics.

    • No, it is. Just like the current Rapid which is based on the current Fabia chassis, the next Rapid will be based on the MQB-AO as a more budget alternative to a Leon and Golf (the car itself is designed more with Eastern Europe in mind where it sells quite successfully – why mess with the formula?).

      The current Rapid is based on the Fabia Estate wheelbase which gives it more interior space and bigger boot than the Golf, whilst being the same length. Same story here.

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