2020 Skoda Rapid Gets A New Lease On Life In Russia

Poor sales of the Rapid made Skoda drop it altogether in the Western world and replace it with the Scala compact hatchback.

However, the Rapid continues to live on in certain markets, such as Russia, where it has been in production since 2014, two years after assembly started in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. And it’s those markets that are about to welcome a new model for 2020.

At this point, Skoda won’t reveal whether we’re looking at a facelifted iteration or an entirely new product, but it did call it “the new Rapid”. It’s said to have a modern look, balanced proportions and uniquely-shaped headlights flanking the hexagonal grille.

Also Watch: Is The Skoda Scala Be All The Compact Hatchback You’ll Ever Need?

While the design would have you think that it might very well be a sedan or rather, a liftback version of the Scala, a closer look at the render shows that it has the same hood shape, as well as bumper lines where it connects to the front fender as the older Rapid (see images of both below).

This makes us lean on the heavy facelift theory with inspiration coming from the Scala, meant to keep it on the competitive side in Russia for at least a few more years, until Skoda decides the approach for its successor.

Either way, the mystery will unravel in a couple of months, as the revamped Rapid will premiere in Russia at the end of the year, according to Skoda’s local branch. Like the outgoing iteration, it will be put together at the Kaluga plant, which is located 150 km (93 mi) southwest of Moscow.

While the Rapid is built on the VW Group’s old A05+ platform, its successor, the Scala, is the brand’s first model based on the MQB A0 architecture. It’s almost as big as the Golf Mk7, which is about to be replaced by the Mk8, and benefits from clever packaging that leads to interior dimensions similar to the larger Octavia. But you can read all about the Scala using our dedicated hub here.


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  • Joe

    I imagine it’ll look a lot like the already-shown Chinese-market Rapid…
    (Note that the Chinese Rapid is 4-door sedan and not the 5-door liftback the rest of the world got, in addition to the regular Spaceback hatchback)

    • Miknik

      I agree, certainly will use the same new front end; There is, however, something weird in how the redesigned front end seems to be in an off angle compared to the rest, like it is mounted too high up and bent in a wrong angle…

      • Joe

        I get what you mean. I think it might be an illusion created by the angle and shape of the headlights? Particular the baseline of them that goes up towards the centre of the nose. They’re the only part of it that doesn’t sit right to me, I think the grille and everything else are actually alright.

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