Skoda Rapid 2019
For the first time a compact five-door liftback under the name Rapid was presented by Skoda Auto in 2012. The five-seater car has occupied a niche between the Fabia and Octavia models in the product line of the Czech automaker. A small passenger car quickly gained popularity especially in Eastern Europe. This allowed the manufacturer to organize the assembly of the model in four countries at once (Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan).
The following main advantages have contributed to the rapid popularity of the car:
- affordable cost;
- profitability in operation;
- recognizable design;
- high reliability.
Also to the features of the first generation of the small-sized car, it is necessary to rank a wide range of power units, which consists of nine different engines.
Despite the stable demand for the car, but considering the rather long period of production of the first version, the Skoda company for 2019 announced the launch of a new modification of the Rapid car.
For the updated version of the 2018-2019 Skoda Rapid, the company does not plan any revolutionary changes in design, and among the main improvements are:
- increased windshield that will improve visibility and control in urban environments;
- increased angle of inclination of the bonnet with enlarged stamping ribs;
- acute angle head optics;
- massive vertical grille inserts;
- a stepped front bumper with a small lower spoiler;
- aerodynamic side mirrors with built-in headlights;
- increased line of side windows;
- trapezoid frontal stamping;
- stepped aft with long compact lanterns;
- small glass tailgate;
- thin plastic body kit around the perimeter of the body.
Performed updates in appearance will make the car less stringent, but it will add new dynamic features to the new Skoda Rapid 2019 model year.
Based on the published information and submitted photos, the 2018 Skoda Rapid subcompact cabin is characterized by high-quality ergonomic parameters and decent finishing materials.
Among the main properties of the interior should be highlighted:
- multifunctional steering wheel;
- wide baffles of climatic equipment;
- digital dashboard with high protective visor;
- direct design of the center console;
- spacious glove box;
- comfortable arrangement of all seats equipped with headrests;
- massive front tunnel with keys to control the transmission;
- folding armrest mounted between the front seats.
The interior is dominated by antiwear fabric, and also used soft plastic, carpet, light edging a number of parts.
Additional coziness for second-row passengers will bring an increase in the size of the small car. New dimensions of the car are:
|Length||4,480 mm (+53 mm)|
|Width||1 700 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (+25 mm)|
The size of the luggage compartment in the standard state reaches 550 liters with the rear seats folded up to 1,500 liters with a flat platform.
Technical data and equipment
The main design feature is the use of the new MQB A0 platform, which made it possible to increase the size of the new 2018 Skoda Rapid.
To equip the new power units at the initial stage of release, the following power units are provided:
|Petrol||1.0 l||95.0 l. from.|
|Petrol||1.0 l||110.0 liters from.|
|Petrol||1.4 liters||125.0 l. from.|
|Petrol||1.6 l||90.0 l.from.|
|Petrol||1.6 l||110.0 liters from.|
|Diesel||1.4 liters||90.0 l. from.|
|Diesel||1.6 l||115.0 liters from.|
For the front-wheel drive transmission is a large selection of gearboxes, which is well suited to the number of powertrains:
- 5-speed manual transmission;
- 6 and 7 mid-range automatic transmission.
Such a wide range of engines and gearboxes will allow you to choose the optimal performance of a minicar depending on the expected operating conditions (city mode, summer trips, long journeys).
To equip the Skoda Rapid 2019 in the new body, depending on the configuration option, the following main equipment is provided:
- heat shield glazing;
- LED optics;
- headlight washer;
- LED-lights rear rooms;
- adjustable steering column;
- LED interior lighting;
- additional reading lights;
- glove box illumination;
- six airbags;
- electric power steering with variable from the speed effort;
- Cruise control;
- uphill assistant;
- climate control;
- multifunctional complex;
- power windows;
- electric front seats;
- rear parking sensors;
- 17-inch wheels (optional).
For Russian buyers, the Czech company plans to retain the existing designations of pickings Style, Ambition,Active, Entry, as well as the possibility of acquiring additional options, taking into account domestic operating conditions.
Start of sales
The start of sales of new items in Europe is scheduled for the end of the current year. In Russia, the updated Rapid performed by liftback will go to Skoda brand car dealerships at the beginning of the next 2019, with an initial price (Entry grade) of 685 thousand rubles, and the manufacturer will announce the possibility of producing a small car in the back of a hatchback and wagon.