Skoda Rapid comes in two engine options with a total of five variants and nine colour options.
Skoda celebrates the sale of 1,00,000 units of Rapid in India. The milestone vehicle, Monte Carlo Edition in flash red colour was produced at the Volkswagen Group production facility in Chakan, Pune. The celebratory vehicle pays homage to Skoda Auto Motorsport Heritage and Rallye Monte Carlo.
Skoda Rapid was first introduced in India in the year 2011, giving the company a chance to enter into C-segment market. And with the new technologies coming in, a new Rapid came into 2016 which accounted for a good number of sales for the Czech manufacturers.
The Rapid is the entry-level car for Skoda after the Fabia discontinued counting to poor sales. Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service and Marketing of Skoda Auto India said in a statement that, “The RAPID continues to offer a compelling combination of the brand’s emotive design, exquisite interiors, leading safety as well as intelligent connectivity features.
Furthermore, the production milestone is a testament to its strong equity among discerning customers in a dynamically evolving automotive market like India. With this accomplishment, we commit a stronger product portfolio and enhanced ownership experience – ascertaining, peace of mind comes standard with a Skoda.”
Skoda Rapid gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a multi-starred grille with chrome outlines up front. The rear sees C-shaped smoked tail lights and it now sits on 15-inch alloy wheels.
The inside of the sedan follows a dual-tone beige and brown colour scheme and it gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features like automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and more can be seen on the Rapid.
The powertrain for the same includes a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which produces 104 bhp with 153 Nm of peak torque. It is available with a choice 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency is at 15.41 kmpl for the manual trim and 14.84 kmpl for the automatic.
The diesel engine churns of 110 bhp with 250 Nm of peak torque sourced from a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel motor. The transmission includes a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG.
The prices of the Skoda Rapid starts at Rs 8.0 lakh for the base trim and the top-end model goes up to Rs 14.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sedan competes with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna.