Facelifted Skoda Rapid for Geneva reveal

Skoda will show updated Rapid and Rapid Spaceback family cars at the Geneva Motor Show, ahead of their arrival in Ireland this July, writes Trish Whelan.

The enhancement to the Rapid is evident at the front. The modified fog lights shine in the newly designed lower part of the bumper. The Rapid Spaceback now also features an extended rear window and the boot door makes it easy to load the luggage compartment. 

Skoda claims these compact cars set the benchmark for spaciousness among the direct competitors, with a ‘tremendous’ amount of space on the inside.

Passengers will also have the option to be ‘always online’ with a WLAN hotspot and additional new connectivity features from Skoda Connect.

The cars will also have two 1.0 TSI petrol engines with either 95bhp or 110bhp outputs.  

Skoda are currently offering up to €4,000 scrappage on the current Rapid range until the end of March.

New options for the Rapid and Rapid Spaceback include interior Ambient lighting, Front Assist with city emergency and Skoda Connect which consists of Infotainment Online and CareConnect services. The Infotainment Online offers online traffic information, information on fuel stations and pricing, parking spaces, current news and weather. The Care Connect services offer further passenger assistance with a WLAN hotspot for on-board Wi-Fi connection, and an automatic emergency call feature which will automatically call the emergency services once an airbag is activated.

Irish pricing and specs are yet to be confirmed but Skoda Ireland say they are expected to be competitive.

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