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Škoda Vision RS concept hints at new Rapid

Škoda is to showcase a high-powered plug-in hybrid hatchback concept at the Paris Motor Show, likely to preview the replacement to the Rapid hatch as well as future vRS models.

The Škoda Vision RS concept features a 242bhp plug-in hybrid

Shown in new design sketches, the concept features a plug-in hybrid drive combining a 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol with a 101bhp electric motor, giving a total 242bhp and a 0 to 62mph time of 7.1 seconds and combined CO2 emissions of just 33g/km.

The model brings a 43-mile electric-only range and the 13kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged by cable in 2.5 hours at a charging station.

Škoda said the model provides the first insights into the design of a future compact vehicle – believed to be the new Rapid – as well as the next stage of its vRS models. The carmaker announced a month ago that it’s launching a vRS version of the Kodiaq, marked out as its first SUV to wear the iconic badge.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.