Skoda has finally given a much needed update to its sedan Rapid with many exterior and interior changes. The prices of the new Rapid ranges between Rs 8.35 lakh to Rs 11.46 lakh for petrol version and Rs 9.57 lakh to Rs 12.79 lakh (All ex-showroom, Maharashtra).
Refreshing the exterior, the new Rapid gets Skoda’s ‘crystalline design’ language that features a wide Skoda signature ‘butterfly’ grille with black vertical slats, angular projector headlamps with LED DRLs and revised bumper design with new foglamps. Some other changes includes turn indicators on the ORVMs, redesigned rear bumper with integrated spoiler and chrome strip on the lid.
New Rapid will be offered with two engine options- the old 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine that produces 105 PS and 153 Nm, and the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine already used in the VW Ameo which produces 110 PS and 250 Nm of torque. The petrol engine comes mated to the old 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox while the diesel unit comes with a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The claimed fuel efficiency numbers for the petrol version with manual and automatic transmission are 15.41 kmpl and 14.84 kmpl respectively while the diesel version returns 21.13 kmpl and 21.72 kmpl with manual and automatic gearbox respectively.
Inside the cabin, the new Rapid gets dual tone interiors with bunch of new features. The dashboard hosts a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen system that supports MirrorLink, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation and reverse parking camera. Other added features are electrically foldable ORVMs, auto rain sensing wipers, cruise control and rear AC vents.
In the Indian market the new Rapid will compete against popular names such as Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento.
Variant wise pricing:
|Rapid Active MT||₹ 8.34 lakh||₹ 9.57 lakh|
|Rapid Ambition MT||₹ 9.27 lakh||₹ 10.49 lakh|
|Rapid Ambition AT||₹ 10.39 lakh||₹ 11.71 lakh|
|Rapid Style MT||₹ 10.44 lakh||₹ 11.67 lakh|
|Rapid Style AT||₹ 11.46 lakh||₹ 12.79 lakh|
*All prices ex-shoroom, Maharashtra
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