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by Matt Campbell

The Skoda Rapid small hatchback is set to get a revamp imminently, with the Czech brand’s Australian arm confirming the revised model is due here by September.

We haven’t yet seen images of the updated version of the Rapid hatch, which has been on sale in Australia since May 2014, but it would be reasonable to think that this mid-life refresh will bring with it some cosmetic changes inside and out.

You need only consider the sorts of changes Skoda has made to its other offerings, such as the facelifted Yeti and updated Octavia, to see that the brand’s styling is getting bolder and more confident. As car fans, we sure hope the facelifted Rapid will embrace that.

It’s also possible that the new model will – in Europe at least – get Skoda’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which has been announced as part of an investment in the company’s plant in Mladá Boleslav.

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Pictured above: The current Skoda Rapid hatchback, in Monte Carlo guise

Skoda updated the Rapid in 2016 with a new 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 92kW of power and 200Nm of torque, as well as a touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The Rapid starts at just $18,990 plus on-road costs, putting it lower than equivalent mainstream small cars like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Hyundai i30 and Volkswagen Golf.

That hasn’t helped its sales, though: the brand sold just 367 examples of the Rapid last year, which was a decrease of 18 per cent on the previous year.

Stay tuned for more – we’ll be sure to bring you images and details of the facelifted 2017 Skoda Rapid when more come to hand.

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