The hatchbacks, which sit between the Fabia and Octavia in Skoda’s line-up, also get the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is available with either 94bhp or 108bhp.
In its lower state of tune, that engine can propel the Rapid from 0-62mph in 11.0sec with 101g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg. The 108bhp version does 0-62mph in 9.8sec, emits 104g/km of CO2 and has a claimed fuel economy of 62.7mpg.
The rest of the engine range consists of the existing 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel.
Both the cars get upgraded bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, plus updated tail-light graphics with optional LEDs, as part of tweaked front and rear ends.