Skoda Rapid facelift launched at Rs 8.35 lakh

3rd Nov 2016 12:52 pm

2016 Rapid gets the updated 110hp 1.5-litre diesel engine from the VW Ameo; petrol engine remains unchanged.

Skoda today launched the Rapid facelift at a starting price of Rs 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) for the base Active variant. The Rapid has three variants on offer starting with the Active, going up to Ambition and Style. The option of an automatic gearbox is offered on the Ambition and Style trims for both petrol and diesel engines.

The Skoda Rapid facelift top-spec petrol-manual variant costs Rs 10.44 lakh. The base diesel is priced at Rs 9.57 lakh, going up to Rs 11.66 lakh. In terms of automatics, the petrol model is priced between Rs 10.39 lakh and Rs 11.46 lakh, while the diesel is priced from Rs 11.71 lakh to Rs 12.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra).

This is the first major update for the Rapid since its launch in 2011. Till end-October 2016, the sedan has sold a total of 69,240 units in India.The car gets Skoda’s new ‘crystalline design’ language which was well received on models such as the Octavia and the Superb. There are more angular bits including the projector headlamps with LED daytime-running lamps, the new bumper, grille and bonnet.

Although built on different platforms, the Rapid in India is now stylistically close to the Rapid sold globally. 

The big change is that the Rapid now gets a 110hp 1.5-litre diesel engine. Compared to the earlier car, the Rapid facelift gets a bump in power, thanks to the addition of a locally sourced, slightly larger turbocharger. This is the same engine that made its debut on the VW Ameo, and will soon be used in the Vento as well. The other engine on offer is the 1.6-litre petrol, which has been carried over unchanged. Both engines are paired to a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. Interestingly, it's the diesel engine that still uses a seven-speed DSG gearbox while the petrol carries forward the old six-speed automatic unit.

In terms of equipment, top-spec variants come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, footwell lighting, rear air-con vents and a cooled glovebox. In terms of safety, dual airbags and ABS are offered as standard. Also available on select variants are rear parking sensors and ESP.

The Skoda Rapid facelift goes up against the Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz. With the recently enhanced focus on after-sales, the Rapid facelift is likely to lend a fillip to the carmaker’s share in the hotly contested mid-size sedan segment which sells around 200,000 units every year..

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