Lately caught testing, this Speedy alternative clearly seems to be greater, even hidden beneath heavy camouflage, and its form truly seems to be nearer to that of the Speedy Spaceback (which can be discontinued) than the common mannequin.
Even when it’s largely hidden, the prototype noticed by our spies seems to have a entrance fascia design nearer to that of the present Fabia, with its barely angled headlight design, whereas the again seems to be a shorter model of the Kodiaq rear finish with hints of Spaceback.
It might additionally include that mannequin’s prolonged glass hatch, however the design of the rear mild clusters can be new and never much like any mannequin.
General, it seems to be extra aggressive than the present mannequin and Skoda is making an attempt to emphasise this by way of the Imaginative and prescient RS idea that it not too long ago teased whereas hinting at a sizzling model of this new automobile. The design examine teaser additionally suggests the physique has quite a lot of sharp creases and chiseled design options to go together with the brand new look.
We didn’t get a take a look at the Speedy alternative’s inside on this present batch of spy images, so our solely trace as to what it’s going to be like stays the Imaginative and prescient RS teaser collection of design sketches. It’s clearly an exaggeration of what the manufacturing automobile is to get, however it does present the design path.
We will inform, as an example, that the middle console can be dominated by a floating tablet-like infotainment show or that it might get a digital gauge cluster as a substitute of conventional analog dials. It simply seems to be like an evolution of what Skoda is presently doing with its interiors and will comply with the model’s traditional minimalist strategy.
Underpinning the following Speedy is VW Group’s modular MQB A0 platform (used within the group’s smaller choices just like the SEAT Ibiza or VW T-Roc), so meaning it may possibly accommodate just about all the group’s three- and four-cylinder engines.
Nonetheless, the engine vary will most likely largely mirror that of the present Octavia and VW Golf.
Count on it to kick off with the group’s 1.0-liter TSI and 1.6-liter TDI items on the backside of the vary, whereas on the different finish it might get a model of the two.0-liter TSI used within the present Octavia RS, VW Golf GTI or SEAT Leon Cupra. It may get an developed model of the 1.8-liter TSI unit from the present VW Polo GTI.
Transmission choices will certainly embrace guide choices for the weaker engines, however a DSG dual-clutch computerized will most likely be normal tools for the higher-powered fashions. Delicate hybrid tech can also be within the playing cards, though no hybrid, plug-in, or full EV model appears doubtless.
Rising in dimension means the Speedy alternative can even sport a value hike that might convey it as much as the extent of the present Octavia. At the moment, the Octavia hatchback begins from round €16,000 which equates to just about $19,000 – count on the brand new Speedy to begin on this vary as properly.
Because it’s going to be a much bigger car, the Speedy’s greatest rival can be from throughout the VW group: the Golf hatchback with which it’ll share a lot of its engines and a few tech. The Golf, which kicks off at round €15,000 or $16,000 in Europe, wants no introduction because it’s immediately a globally recognizable mannequin due to VW’s technique of by no means drastically altering it or diverting from what it found is the profitable components.
However the Golf’s recognition is a direct results of how competent it’s at doing just about something you ask of it. The latest model just isn’t solely environment friendly, supremely refined, and properly constructed, however it’s additionally truly fairly enjoyable to throw round a twisty highway, bestowing the motive force with confidence to push it with none concern.
Learn our full overview on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.
Ford’s newest Focus, whose beginning value could be very near that of the Golf however varies from market to market, is likely one of the freshest and most superior automobiles in its class and one that also emphasizes providing an interesting drive on high of all the standard household hatchback traits. Identical to the Golf, the Focus is a longtime participant on the scene, however in contrast to the Golf, its modifications from technology to technology are extra dramatic.
There’s a lot to love in regards to the Focus whose inside now matches the supremely properly constructed Golf however provides a bit extra design aptitude too. It’s additionally grown in its newest incarnation, providing extra space and practicality than ever.
Learn our full overview on the 2019 Ford Focus.
The subsequent-gen Skoda Speedy has its work lower out for it with this deliberate dimension improve that can have it dealing with a brand new set of established rivals. It wants a trick or two up its sleeve to be able to stand an opportunity of constructing a dent of their gross sales numbers, however understanding Skoda, they’ve positively thought this by way of, and there’s a transparent technique behind this transfer – we simply don’t know the specifics but.
The mannequin will most likely be supplied as a efficiency mannequin in some unspecified time in the future – one thing we’ve already glimpsed at due to the RS Imaginative and prescient idea that was not too long ago teased. This may actually assist increase the brand new Speedy’s enchantment.
That stated, tt additionally must undercut rivals on value, primarily making an attempt to supply what they’re providing, however for much less. Skoda, whereas it will not be perceived as a finances model, doesn’t carry the identical badge kudos as, say, a VW, so some compromise must be made to be able to make the next-gen Speedy fascinating for potential consumers.
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