New 2016 Skoda Rapid Launched in India at Rs. 8.35 lakh!

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Skoda Auto has launched a facelift of the Rapid sedan. Essentially a badge engineered Volkswagen Vento, the rapid had not received any major updates since its launch and was in dire need of a comprehensive refresh. The New Skoda Rapid took place Today i.e. November 3. Prices start at Rs 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra), topping out at Rs 12.79 lakh. Here are all the available details on the New Skoda Rapid India 2016 launch, price and specifications.

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Also See – Skoda Rapid Review | 2017 Skoda Octavia | Skoda Kodiaq

The Rapid facelift gets a new face featuring cleaner, sharper lines, revised interiors and a tweaked engine and transmission lineup. Skoda Auto sells four models in India- Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. Although there are no new models in the pipeline for 2016, the Rapid facelift is a significant launch.

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Also See – Skoda Rapid Old vs New | Rapid vs Vento | New 2016 Rapid vs Ciaz

New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Price in India

  Petrol Diesel
Active Rs. 8.35 lakh Rs. 9.57 lakh
Ambition Manual Rs. 9.27 lakh Rs. 10.49 lakh
Ambition Automatic Rs. 10.39 lakh Rs. 11.71 lakh
Style Manual Rs. 10.44 lakh Rs. 11.67 lakh
Style Automatic Rs. 11.46 lakh Rs. 12.79 lakh

The new range of the Skoda Rapid starts at INR 8.35 lacs and goes all the way up to INR 12.79 lacs. That is an increment of around 40,000 over the outgoing model.

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New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Images

New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Specifications

Length x Width x Height 4386 x 1699 x 1466 mm
Kerb Weight -NA-
Wheel Type and Size 16” Alloys
Boot Space 460 L
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.6 L Petrol/1.5 L Diesel
Power 104 bhp/108 bhp
Torque 153 Nm/250 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed MT or 6-speed AT/5-speed MT or 7-speed AT (DSG)
Mileage 14.84-15.41 KMPL/21.13-21.72 KMPL

Powering the 2016 Rapid will be the 1.6 L petrol and 1.5 L Diesel engines from the current model. This petrol engine will be carried over to the new model without any major change in specifications. The 1.6 L petrol comes mated with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. However, the updated 1.5 L Diesel that recently made its debut on the Ameo Diesel could also power the Rapid Facelift. It now makes more power and is better in terms of emissions. The 1.5 L diesel also comes mated to a 5-speed manual, but the automatic variants get a 7-speed DSG instead. There were reports suggesting the new Rapid will get the Vento’s 1.2 L TSI petrol along with a 7-speed DSG. However, that has not been the case.

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Engine and transmission options remain unchanged

New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Mileage

Model ARAI Mileage
Petrol 1.6 Manual – 15.41 KMPL

Automatic – 14.84 KMPL

Diesel 1.5 Manual – 21.13 KMPL

Automatic – 21.72 KMPL


New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Rivals

The Skoda Rapid facelift will continue to rival the likes of

New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Exterior Design

The exteriors of the Skoda Rapid gets a comprehensive makeover along the lines of Skoda’s current design language. This design language serves as the base for the new Skoda Superb and the Octavia. The car to borrows heavily from the Euro-spec Fabia and Rapid. New Skoda Rapid 2016 facelift for India gets the same nose as the Fabia hatchback.

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A highly updated front is the most noteworthy change. Changes to the front include a new grille, sharper headlamps, revised bumper and a new bonnet. Updates to the bumper also include a new fog lamp design and the addition of LED daytime running lights. The sides and the rear end remain same, save for a few tweaks to the bumper, tail lamps and alloy wheel design. As can been seen in the picture above, the Rapid facelift features blacked out headlamps lending the nose a very aggressive look.

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New Skoda Rapid Colour Options

Six colour options on offer

  • Brilliant Silver
  • Candy White
  • Cappuccino Beige
  • Carbon Steel
  • Silk Blue
  • Flash Red

New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Interior Design

On the inside, Skoda has given the new Rapid an updated colour scheme, new steering, new instrument console and new upholstery. These changes consequently freshen up the cabin. Skoda has not fiddled with the design too much as it shares most of its components with Volkswagen Vento. The new Rapid 2016 gets additional features in the form of a new touchscreen unit and a chilled glovebox. But apart from that, the Rapid does not get too many changes. Although the India-spec Rapid borrows its nose from the Fabia, it is actually based on the Volkswagen Vento/Polo. Therefore, the next generation rapid isn’t expected to arrive in India until the next generation Polo is unveiled. 

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New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Engine and Transmission

The facelift continues with the same set of engines as the current car. However, the new Rapid receives the 1.5 L TDI Diesel in its updated form. This engine now produces 108 bhp and 250 Nm. Some reports suggested Skoda might ditch the 1.6 L Petrol automatic variants in favour of a 1.2 L TSI petrol. However, that has not been the case. The diesel automatic variants of the new Skoda Rapid return 21.72 KMPL overall. Petrol variants have a claimed fuel efficiency of 15.41 KMPL and 14.84 KMPL for the manual and automatic variants respectively.

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Skoda Rapid Images (Euro-Spec)

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Skoda / VW , make Rapid / Vento a 5 seater. The tall floor hump at the rear is not appealing for indian buyers.
    Get the rear seat floor like ciaz or city. Only then you will see some sales.

    Improve your AC performance, did not do well during this summer. On a same day, dzire was able to keep cabin cool. Vento was pathetic.

    Please improve after sales service, this has been told in numerous posts in every forum.

    You guys are world class, ensure your cars have class leading features too. Dont give out a half hearted product.

    @carblog, are you sure new rapid has 16″ tyres?

  2. It is very foolish for Skoda is not bringing the new generation Fabia to India. The market for spacious and well equipped hatchbacks is increasing in India, as is evident from the sales of Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and Hyundai I-20. The new Fabia has the capacity to outshine the competition, if priced properly, by keeping the local component level high and providing proper features.

  3. […] The Skoda Octavia has always been our favorite D segment sedan. However, slightly cheaper competition, in the form of the Altis and the Elantra, has been eating into the Octy’s sales. Now, however, it seems like the Octavia will get back into limelight. The Czech automaker has just revealed images and details of the new Skoda Octavia 2017 facelift. The 2017 Octavia will launch in its home market by end-2016. The refreshed Octavia is also India-bound. Read on for more on 2017 Skoda Octavia India launch, price, specifications and other details. Also See- Skoda Rapid Facelift Launch Details […]

  4. this is not fair at all. Skoda is making previous buyers as fools. Every year you keep adding a feature in same car model. damn it !. For God sake, at least release it as different car model. Next what? 4 wheel drive in Rapid ? pathetic …In future am not going and not letting any of my friends/families to go for Skoda. I think for next 20 years you will be updating only rapid

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