Skoda has revealed sketches of its upcoming concept car, the Vision RS. This new concept will be shown to the public at the Paris Motor show 2018.
At 4356mm long, 1810mm wide and 1431mm tall, it’s longer, narrower and squatter than the current Rapid Spaceback sold abroad and signposts what that model's indirect hatchback replacement will look like upon its arrival in early 2019. Production version of this new hatchback will not be called Rapid.
Designating the concept as the Vision RS also suggests that Skoda intends to make the next Rapid decidedly more sporting than the present iteration, with a hot vRS model to boot - not currently offered on the Rapid. Sales and marketing boss Alain Favey previously confirmed to our sister publication, Autocar UK that the car will have “completely new technology, completely new styling”.
The car’s handling will be vastly improved over that of the current Rapid, as the car adopts the MQB A0 platform already used on the latest-gen Volkswagen Polo. It will be the first Skoda to be based on this platform if it appears before the production version of the Vision X small SUV concept.
Skoda has given the Vision RS sportier styling with a more aggressive front end and a more conventional hatchback-like rear.
Closer to home, Skoda recently launched the Superb Corporate edition and is readying an all-new SUV to rival the Creta.