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    Skoda has released a sketch of the upcoming hatchback

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    Skoda’s Vision RS concept, shown at Paris motor show

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Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid was previewed by the Mission L concept

Skoda bridges the gap between Fabia and Octavia with a new hatch, but keen drivers will find more rewarding alternatives in the class

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Skoda said the platform will allow the hatchback to have “compact exterior dimensions and generous interior space”. It added that the car would use  “numerous innovative assistance systems in that segment”. 

The Rapid will also be the first Skoda to receive a next-generation infotainment system which will be rolled out across the Skoda range. Favey has described it as “state of the art”.

The model will use a range of petrol and diesel engines, including VW Group’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with power from 84bhp to 109bhp as well as a 1.5-litre unit petrol with up to 148bhp. No hybrid or electric versions are planned, and are understood to be too expensive for this size and cost of car.

The Rapid is Skoda’s second biggest selling car  worldwide after the Octavia. In 2017, it sold 211,000 units. Favey predicts that sales will double for the new model.

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