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Updated Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback to go on show at Geneva

Thursday 23 February 2017, By Autovolo

Updated Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback to go on show at Geneva

Updated Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback to go on show at Geneva

Skoda’s updated Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models will be on display during March’s Geneva Motor Show.

Extensive upgrades have been made over the saloon and estate models’ previous guises including a freshly designed front and rear, a new 1.0-litre TSI powertrain and new wheel options.

The front end appears wider thanks to fog lights connected by a narrow chrome strip, while black-tinted covers have been added to the taillights.

Skoda’s Light Assistant controls the new bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, activating the latter on ignition, then measuring the light conditions and switching the headlights on or off accordingly.

Meanwhile, the high-beam assistant ensures the optimal illumination of the road ahead. When the vehicle is travelling at speeds above 37mph in the dark, the sensor detects vehicles at up to 400 metres away and dims the lights.

The interior has also seen a host of changes, including added inlays in the four doors and redesigned air vents, instruments and air-conditioning system control panel.

Extensive technological upgrades, including the addition of a WLAN hotspot and Skoda’s Connect services, can also be seen in the model, which sits between the Czech carmaker’s Fabia and Octavia.

The three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI engine, which is available in two different power outputs of 94bhp and 108bhp, is new to both the Rapid and Rapid Spaceback.

Otherwise, there are three other engine options: a 1.4-litre TSI with 123bhp (not available in the Rapid Spaceback), a 1.4-litre TDI making 89bhp, and a 114bhp 1.6-litre TDI.