Skoda is creating an all-new replacement for the Rapid that is expected to be launched in 2021.
Volkswagen is working on an India 2.0 strategy that revolves around bringing 4 new models in our country. The new lineup will include an India-spec Volkswagen T-Cross, a new Skoda midsize SUV, a Vento alternative as well as a replacement for the Skoda Rapid.
The new Rapid construction will be based on the MQB AO IN platform, which will be shared with other Volkswagen models. We suspect it to have only a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It is highly unlikely for the Volkswagen Group to offer diesel engines, pertaining to BS6 norms. This time around, the Vento and the Rapid won’t merely be a replica of each other. The design is going to vary significantly from its sibling. Although, some of the body panels will be shared.
To price the car competitively and to undercut the rivals, Skoda claims to have a high concentration of localisation, somewhere between 92-95%. The focus is primitively on the Indian buyers, so the development will be based on the needs of Indian consumers. Skoda could export the notchback sedan to international markets at a later stage.
Skoda has been able to allocate as much as Rs. 8000 crores for this project. For starters, the Volkswagen Group will reveal 2 new SUVs at the 2020 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
The current-gen Rapid enjoyed a lot of appreciation and positivity from the buyers. Chances are, its successor will dwell in the same appreciation.
2021 Skoda Rapid
– To come with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine
– No diesel options to be on offer
– Will be based on the MQB AO IN platform
Source – AutocarIndia.com