New Skoda Rapid facelift launched starting at Rs 7.22 lakhs
Soon after the launch of updated Volkswagen Vento, its Czech cousin Skoda Rapid followed. The new Skoda Rapid comes with an all new diesel engine and a new petrol engine is also on offer. You can also choose to have a DSG box instead of the manual gearbox. Apart from a change of heart, it also gets some new features to take care of comfort and safety. The prices of the new Skoda Rapid start at 7.22 lakh ex-showroom Delhi which is a really attractive price for the excellent mid-range sedan.
Earlier it used to come with a 1.6 litre four cylinder diesel engine and a three cylinder version of this engine used to power the Fabia hatchback. It was the same story with the Vento and Polo. So now they have replaced the diesel engines with an all-new 1.5 litre engine which serves both the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan, or in this case the Rapid sedan. On the Polo this engine generates a peak power of 89 bhp. Here under the hood of Skoda Rapid, it generates a peak power of 105 Ps @ 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm. this engine is available with both manual and automatic gearbox options. The automatic box here is the popular seven speed DSG automatic. There aren’t many diesel automatics in this segment so this car would appeal to consumers looking for one.
The new Skoda Rapid gets one engine for the petrol variant. The 1.6 litre MPI engine continues to serve the variants with manual transmission. It generates peak power of 105 PS and a peak torque of 153 Nm. The DSG automatic versions on the diesel engine variants are not available on the low end Trendline trim. There are various new features on the new Skoda Rapid as well. It gets cruise control to reduce driving fatigue on highway to make long distance driving easier. It also gets Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) to ensure that it doesn’t lose traction even in not so suitable road conditions. You also get parking sensors on the new Skoda Rapid to make the reversing and parking process easier for the driver. Apart from these changes, there aren’t many visible changes to be seen inside the new Skoda Rapid. With the new car, they are also offering a Rapid Black Edition which looks better with its added styling cues. It gets blackened front grille, tinted headlamps, blackened fog lamp enclosures, black door wing mirrors and black alloy wheels. This pack adds another Rs 30,000 over the standard Skoda Rapid.