Skoda has been struggling in India for the past few months with a string of disappointing sales figures. It mid-size sedan, the Rapid, which is responsible for the major chunk of its sales has also fallen behind the competition. Images of the Skoda Rapid undergoing testing along with the facelifted Volkswagen Vento have surfaced hinting at a possible launch of a 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine equipped Rapid in India. This move will enable Skoda to lower the cars prices and hopefully push sales. We bring you all the details regarding the Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI India launch including specs, price, pics and more.
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Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI India launch is expected to take place soon, possibly during the festive season.
Powering the updated Skoda Rapid will be a turbocharged 1.2 litre TSI petrol motor borrowed from the Volkswagen Vento and Polo. Power output is likely to be identical to that of the Vento at around 105 PS and 175 Nm torque. The Vento 1.2 TSI comes mated to a 7-speed DSG, however, reports suggest that the Skoda Rapid will come with a 5-speed manual. Other mechanical details are unknown as of now and we do not expect to see much change. The 12. TSI petrol could be sold along with the current line-up of a 1.6 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel or it could replace the 1.6 litre petrol altogether. Fuel efficiency could be similar to that of the Vento’s hoeverig around 18 kmpl mark.
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The Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI India launch is yet to be confirmed as there has been no official word from the company. However, it could turn out to be a smart move on Skoda’s part as the smaller unit is cheaper and more fuel efficient than the existing 1.6 litre petrol motor. This move to put in the 1.2 litre TSI comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s decision to ditch naturally aspirated units in favour of smaller turbocharged ones.
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