Updated on 1st March 2014
Skoda has revised the Skoda Rapid range again, this time to tackle the competition from the 2014 Honda City and the refreshed 2014 Hyundai Verna.
The last time (read the update made on 1st November 2013, below) it had removed some of the base variants, the Active and the Ambition, and this time they are back. The Skoda Rapid range now has 4 trim levels for the petrol variants: the Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus and Elegance while the diesel variants receive 3 trim levels: Active, Ambition Plus and Elegance.
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All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
- Rapid Active 1.6 TDI MT: Rs. 8.26 Lakh
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 TDI MT : Rs. 9.06 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 TDI MT : Rs. 9.61 Lakh
- Rapid Active 1.6 MPI MT: Rs. 7.10 Lakh
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI MT : Rs. 7.99 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI MT : Rs. 8.59 Lakh
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI AT: Rs. 8.97 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI AT : Rs. 9.56 Lakh
The equipment levels on the Ambition Plus and Elegance levels do not change.
The base active variant gets:
- 14-inch steel wheels with full-wheel covers
- Chrome slat above the grille
- Chrome interior door handles
- Body coloured bumpers
- No fog lamps
- Black ORVM covers
- No rear door child-lock
The Ambition variant gets the following features :
- Chrome grille surround
- Chrome centre-console surround, gear-knob, hand-brake button
- Boy coloured ORVM covers
- Fog lamps – front and rear
- Rear-windscreen defogger
- Driver side airbag
What do you think about the changes? If you’re a customer looking for a sedan in this range, would you consider the Skoda Rapid? Let us know in the comments section below.
Updated on 1st November 2013
Skoda Auto India has given the Skoda Rapid lineup a rejig again. In the last update, Skoda had trimmed the total number of variants of the car from 12 to 8, now it has reduced the number of variants to 6. On top of that the company has added some features to the car to make it more appealing this festival season, this is the same tactic they used in February 2013 as well.
All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI MT : Rs. 8.04 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI MT : Rs. 8.64 Lakh
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 MPI AT: Rs. 9.04 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI AT : Rs. 9.64 Lakh
- Rapid Ambition Plus 1.6 TDI MT : Rs. 9.18 Lakh
- Rapid Elegance 1.6 TDI MT : Rs. 9.78 Lakh
Image Courtesy: Skoda Auto India on Facebook
In the looks department on the outside, the only change you will notice is the Halogen projector headlamps. Inside the car gets a new three-spoke steering wheel and a redesigned gear-shift lever.
Feature wise the Skoda Rapid Ambition Plus variant comes with:
- Dual front airbags
- Audio system with USB / AUX / MP3 / Bluetooth / SD Card compatibility
- Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
- 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel caps
- Optional leather package
The Skoda Rapid Elegance gets in addition to the above features:
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Projector headlamps
- Automatic climate control
What do you think of the changes made to the Skoda Rapid, let us know in the comments below.
Updated on 11th February 2013
Skoda tasted what the volume success meant in India with the launch of the Skoda Rapid sedan and courtesy ICB, a small change in the variant heavy lineup of the car has come to light. The car is currently sold in 5 variants each in petrol and diesel guises and has 2 trim levels in the automatic petrol arena in addition to the existing 5. Skoda has fiddled a little bit with the lineup and has brought down the number of variants of the car from 12 to 8.
Skoda has removed the Active and Ambition trims of the car in both the motors. The Active Plus now becomes the base model instead of the Active variant and gets a remote control with foldable key and the remote control locking can unlock the doors as well as the boot lid. The trim level also gets electrically adjustable wing mirrors to give you that extra comfort. Also the top end Elegance trim gets a few more features to complement the over all updation of the lineup.
The top end trim gets a leather wrapped steering wheel coupled with a leather wrapped gear knob. It gets an additional chrome treatment here and there in the car as well. The Ambition variant now goes put of production to make way for the Ambition Plus variant which now comes with an additional chrome treatment, a 2 DIN audio player with front and rear speakers, a card reader, child-proof windows at the back, one touch automatic operation for the windows and electrically adjustable mirrors to name a few.
Skoda Rapid is quite the VFM car and the sales figures show the acceptance of the least priced Skoda in the country. The 2012 models are available for a discount of Rs.70,000 in cash and you might just get a heavier discount on the models going out of production. You get a free insurance on 2012 as well as 2013 models. Skoda just brought some newer features, eliminated older models and rounded up the 2013 model quite softly. Do tell us as to what you feel about this update to the Rapid.