Skoda India has finally announced the launch of Rapid facelift on November 3, 2016 in the country. It is the first substantial update for the Czech Republican-based automaker's mid-sized sedan ever since its launch in 2011. The facelifted sedan has been spotted several times as test mule, even undisguised. The updates wouldn't be limited to cosmetic but the new sedan would carry refreshed powertrain with increase in power. Skoda Rapid challenges the likes of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna 4S, Volkswagen Vento & Ford Fiesta in the Indian market.
Going by the spy-shots, the new Rapid sedan would feature angular headlamps and tweaked bumper, who would flank the broader 'butterfly' front grille. The updates are inspired from Skoda's other high-end sedans such as Octavia and Superb. However, the side profile and rear-end are retained from the ongoing model. The interior cabin has dual-tone black and beige upholstery, which is carried over from the current model. The flagship variant would get touch-screen infotainment system with MirrorLink & Bluetooth, GPS navigation and reverse camera. Pricing details are scarce at the moment, but Skoda is expected to price the sedan a little bit higher than the current car.
Mechanically, the Rapid facelift would be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would get their power from the same 1.6L 4-cylinder MPI engine, which would be coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel variants would be powered by the 1.5L 4-cylinder TDI engine, which has been retuned to extract more power. The engine had debuted with Ameo sedan and soon would be seen in the Volkswagen Vento as well. It would develop 110bhp of top power against the previous figure of 105bhp, while the torque would remain unchanged at 250Nm. It would be linked to the 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, while an optional 7-speed DSG gearbox would also be available.
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