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Skoda Auto is busy readying a facelift for the Rapid. Essentially a badge engineered Volkswagen Vento, the rapid has not received any major updates since its launch and is in dire need of a comprehensive refresh. The New Skoda Rapid would be launched in the second-half of 2016. The Rapid facelift will get a new face featuring cleaner, sharper lines, revised interiors and a tweaked engine and transmission lineup. Prices should start at Rs 7.5 lakh, topping out at Rs 12 lakh. 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 will be a significant launch. Here are all the available details on the New Skoda Rapid India 2016 launch, price and specifications.
New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Launch Date
|2016 Skoda Rapid India Launch Date||Late October 2016*|
The new Rapid is still a few weeks away from us and according to recent reports New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Launch will take place in the second half of October, 2016. However, we do await the official confirmation of the launch date. The Rapid is an important product. Hence, Skoda should be looking at launching it as soon as possible before it loses further ground to its rivals. Test mules of the facelifted Rapid have spied on multiple occasions with light camouflage indicating that the launch might take place around October this year.
Here’s a video of the Rapid test mule-
Skoda will be gearing up to launch the new Rapid in India to capitalize on the increased demand during the Festive season. A late Octover 2016 launch seems to be on the cards.
New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Price in India
|Active||INR 8.00 lacs||INR 9.20 lacs|
|Ambition||INR 9.20 lacs||INR 10.32 lacs|
|Style Plus||INR 9.94 lacs||INR 11.00 lacs|
|Ambition AT||–||INR 11.60 lacs|
|Style AT||INR 10.64 lacs|
|Style Plus AT||INR 11.00 lacs||INR 12.30 lacs|
|estimated ex-showroom, New Delhi price|
We are expecting the prices to see a minor increase. The current range of the Skoda Rapid starts at INR 7.94 lacs and goes all the way up to INR 12.19 lacs. Here’s the estimated New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Price list.
New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Specifications
|Length x Width x Height||4386 x 1699 x 1466 mm|
|Wheel Type and Size||16” Alloys|
|Boot Space||460 L|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.6 L Petrol/1.5 L Diesel|
|Power||104 bhp/104 bhp|
|Torque||153 Nm/250 Nm|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||-NA-|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed MT or 6-speed AT/5-speed MT or 7-speed AT (DSG)|
|Mileage||15 kpl/21.14 kpl|
Powering the 2016 Raid will be the 1.6 L petrol and 1.5 L Diesel engines from the the current model. These engines 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. The 1.5 L diesel also comes mated to a 5-speed manual, but the automatic variants get a 7-speed DSG instead.
Skoda could even borrow the Vento’s 1.2 TSI Petrol for the Rapid. The facelift will be launched with this engine. Hence, it will also get a 7-Speed DSG. This engine outputs 103 BHP and 175 Nm.
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 will get 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. We are expecting the car to borrow heavily from the Euro-spec Rapid. Hence, the Euro-spec model could turn out to be the design inspiration for the upcoming New Skoda Rapid 2016 facelift. A highly updated front will be the most noteworthy change. Changes to the front will include a new grille, sharper headlamps, revised bumper and a new bonnet. Updates to the bumper could also include a new fog lamp design and the addition of LED daytime running lights. The sides and the rear end could be carried over unaltered, save for a few tweaks to the bumper, tail lamps and alloy wheel design.
New Skoda Rapid India 2016 Interior Design
On the inside, Skoda will be giving the new Rapid an updated colour scheme, new steering, new instrument console and new upholstery. These changes will consequently freshen up the cabin. We doubt Skoda will fiddle with the design too much as it shares most of its components with Volkswagen Vento. You can also expect the new Rapid 2016 to get addition features in the form of a new touchscreen unit and a chilled glovebox. But apart from that, the Rapid will probably 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. The Rapid sold in international markets is based on the 2015 Fabia hatchback that might make it to India next year.
Skoda Rapid Images (Euro-Spec)
It seems like Skoda is almost done with readying the new Rapid 2016. Hence, stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on the New Skoda Rapid India 2016 launch. Also stay tuned for a comprehensive Skoda Rapid 2016 Test Drive Review. You can also follow us for all the latest updates, news and reviews from the automotive world.