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Skoda will rename the next Rapid and make it a competitor of Golf

The Czech manufacturer plans to change the name and concept of the hatchback after the change of generation.

Debut Skoda Rapid new generation should take place early next year. The novelty will be repositioned in a more competitive segment of hatchbacks, the head of Skoda for sales and marketing Alan Fevy told the British edition of Autocar.

Favey also said that the new car is not the heir of the current model. Along with the new name, it will be performed on a “completely new technology, in a completely new style.”

The top manager said that the new Rapid expects sales to double in the first full year of sales (2020) compared to the current generation of the model. Recall last year the European market was sold 66 512 units.

To further distance the Rapid from Octavia, the model in the backbone body will retain its concept, so far it is known about the change of strategy regarding Rapid Spaceback. “The new Rapid will not be available in the body of the station wagon, while the five-door version of Octavia accounts for a significant portion of sales. The Rapid design will be redesigned to compete with the Golf, and Octavia will perform the previous tasks, “Feivi said, adding that it would be impossible to confuse the new Rapid and Octavia.

The new Skoda Rapid will be built on the MQB A0 platform, which will be shared with Volkswagen T-Roc, Seat Ibiza and the next Fabia scheduled for 2020.

The composition of the power range of the future novelties will include the latest engines of the Volkswagen concern. We are talking about gasoline capacity of 1.0 liters (84-109 hp) and 1.5 liters (148 hp), as well as diesel 1.6 liters. Electrified power plants in the plans of the manufacturer there.

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