Skoda Auto today launched their updated Skoda Rapid for starting from Rs 7.22 lakh for base Active version and going upto Rs 10.97 lakh for top end Elegance version (ex showroom, Delhi). This is the second launch for Skoda in a month after the updated Yeti earlier this month. The new Rapid will be offered in 2 engine options with 4 trims namely Active, Elegance, Ambition+, Ambition.
The new diesel unit is basically a downsized version of Volkswagen’s 1.6-liter TDI engine that has been around for many years now. The 1498cc engine produces 77PS @ 4400rpm of power and 250Nm @ 1500-2500rpm of torque mated with the new 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, which is currently being used in the Vento TSI and the Polo TSI. The petrol unit is the same 1598cc mill producing 105bhp @ 5250rpm and 153 Nm @ 3800rpm mated with a 6 speed automatic gearbox. Both the engine also gets the 5 speed manual fully synchronized gearbox.
Some visible changes have been made for both exteriors and interiors. The exteriors now get more chiseled and curved body lines. The headlamps are now all new projectors with a blackened background. The new black front grille comes with a logo lip up front as well as a black rear view mirrors to compliment the design of the car. To add to the black theme is the new black roof and side decals, although no visible changes are from side and rear view.
Skoda Rapid Interior
On the inside, a dual tone shade with Mocha and Ivory colors have been done. Although, the design of the cabin is nearly the same as the existing Rapid. The higher-spec variants now get rear parking sensors, cruise control, side airbags and a revised instrument cluster with new fonts. Interestingly, there’s also a new mobile app developed for this car which allows the handheld device to be used as a remote for the audio system.
The new Rapid will be competing against Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Fiat Linea other C-segment sedans. The C-segment is already a very fiercely placed segment with new launches every now and then. The things will get more messy with the launch of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Although customers will get more and more options to choose from, confusion levels will also increase.
Prices of the new Skoda Rapid:
Skoda Rapid Active 1.6 MPI Manual: Rs 7.22 lakh
Skoda Rapid Ambition+ 1.6 MPI Manual: Rs 8.17 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI Manual: Rs 8.72 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance Black Package 1.6 MPI Automatic: Rs 8.85 lakh
Skoda Rapid Ambition+ 1.6 MPI Automatic: Rs 9.14 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI Automatic: Rs 9.68 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance Black Package 1.6 MPI Automatic: Rs 9.81 lakh
Skoda Rapid Active 1.5 TDI Manual: Rs 8.38 lakh
Skoda Rapid Ambition+ 1.5 TDI Manual: Rs 9.24 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.5 TDI Manual: Rs 9.74 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance Black Package 1.5 TDI Manual: Rs 9.87 lakh
Skoda Rapid Ambition+ 1.5 TDI Automatic DSG: Rs 10.34 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.5 TDI Automatic DSG: Rs 10.84 lakh
Skoda Rapid Elegance Black Package 1.5 TDI Automatic DSG: Rs 10.97 lakh