Refreshed 2017 Škoda Rapid unveiled

A restyled front bumper, new wheel designs and tinted taillight clusters identify the updated Škoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback. However, the main change is less visible, because it concerns the engine line-up.

Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2017) Front Side

The 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol unit has been replaced by a lighter and more efficient 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged motor. A choice of 94 bhp (70 kW / 95 PS) or 109 bhp (81 kW / 110 PS) outputs will be offered:

1.0 TSI 95 PS 110 PS
0-62 mph (100 km/h) 11.0 secs 9.8 secs
Top speed 116 mph (187 km/h) 124 mph (200 km/h)
Top speed (Spaceback) 114 mph (184 km/h) 123 mph (198 km/h)
Combined cycle 64.2 mpg (4.4 l/100km) 62.8 mpg (4.5 l/100km)
CO2 101 g/km 104 g/km

They join the 123 bhp (92 kW / 125 PS) 1.4 litre petrol, the 89 bhp (66 kW / 90 PS) 1.4 litre diesel and the 114 bhp (85 kW / 116 PS) 1.6 litre diesel, all of which remain available.

There are some cabin alterations, too. The instruments, door cards and dashboard air vents have all been spruced up, plus Škoda Connect now appears on the options list.

This system comprises CareConnect emergency and breakdown calling (via an integrated SIM card), remote access to vehicle data through a dedicated app, a WLAN hotspot and Infotainment Online traffic and driving information.

Deliveries of the 2017 Rapid and Rapid Spaceback are expected to start soon after their debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next month. However, prices haven’t been published yet.

Skoda Rapid (2017) DashboardSkoda Rapid (2017) Rear Side

Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2017) Rear SideSkoda Rapid (2017) Front Side

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