Skoda is gearing up to launch the Rapid facelift later this year and the vehicle will be getting some significant cosmetic tweaks.

2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Front
The front of the car gets new headlights, grille, bumper and bonnet

While Volkswagen has been constantly launching updated versions of the Vento every now and then, Skoda likes to take things a bit easy. The Czech automaker is currently working on a facelifted version of the Rapid and the updated C-segment sedan is going to be launched during the festive season of 2016.

We recently caught the vehicle undergoing testing and what we could infer is the fact that it is going to come with a new bonnet, front bumper, headlights, fenders and grille. This body panels have been given a sharper design and thus the Rapid will now get a sharper fascia unlike the current model which is more of a curvy design.

The 2016 Skoda Rapid facelift will bear a lot of resemblance to the model that is sold in global markets. It will appear like a mini Octavia and buyers will surely like the new styling as well as the more mature looks. The interiors are also likely to get some tweaks and we can expect some new features to be added too.

The Skoda Rapid comes with the choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The engine line-up is likely to remain the same but the oil-burner will get a small increase in power after a few months once the automaker starts using a local but larger turbocharger. The Rapid competes with the likes of the Volkswagen Vento, Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna.

2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift

– The vehicle is likely to come with the same engines
– The front gets a sharper face now, in line with the global model
– The Rapid will also get some changes to the interiors

2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Rear
The rear of the Skoda Rapid facelift gets new clear lens tail lights
2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Spied
The update to the Rapid comes long after the Vento got a facelift