The Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback subcompact models have been facelifted by the Czech automaker just in time for the Geneva Motor Show – and fans can breathe easier because the split headlight design hasn’t been ported from the Octavia.
The Volkswagen subsidiary is having a stream of huge reveals this past few months – they introduced their first seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq (complete with rugged Scout and trendy Sportline variations) as well as the facelifted Octavia and Citigo. Now the company based off Mladá Boleslav has decided to come with a nip and tuck for the Rapid & Rapid Spaceback brothers as well. Up front the modifications include upgraded optional headlights with bi-xenon technology and an LED strip for the daytime running lights. The new setup also has an integrated high-beam assistant function. The front bumper is also new and has new fog lights inspired by the Octavia. The rear now has an equally reworked bumper and refreshed taillight graphics with optional LEDs and a darker tint.
There are also new 15-, 16-, and 17-inch alloy wheel options, and the powertrain has also been upgraded. Both Rapids will now feature the VW AG’s well known turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine with three cylinders – delivering either 95 hp (70 kW) or 110 hp (81 kW). There’s also the existing 125-hp, four-cylinder 1.4 TSI and the ubiquitous diesels – 1.4 TDI with 90 hp (66 kW) or 1.6 TDI good for 116 hp (85 kW). Inside the cabin the upper trim levels feature WLAN hotspot and two extra USB ports in the back, again taken from the Octavia.