Skoda has plans to introduce the new-gen Rapid in the Indian market next year. Once launched, it’ll rival with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and VW Vento.
Skoda Rapid is its company’s most affordable car offered in our market. It rivals with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, and VW Vento. A few months back, the company introduced the new BS6-compliant model of the sedan in India. Skoda discontinued the older 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel engine and introduced a new 1.0-litre BS6 compliant engine, which belts out 110 PS of peak power and 175 Nm of twisting force. Other than that, the sedan remained unchanged. The current-gen model of the sedan was first introduced back in 2011, and in the year 2017, Skoda introduced the new facelift model of the car with a few subtle tweaks.
Recently, Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service & Marketing has confirmed that they have plans to launch the new-gen Rapid in India. The upcoming Skoda Rapid will be based on the company’s ‘MOB AO IN’ platform and is expected to launch in our market by the end of next year. The all-new Skoda Rapid will have a strong resemblance to Skoda Scala. The front fascia of the car will get triangular headlamps and a vertically slatted grille, with some premium chrome inserts. The front bumper of the car employs wide air dam along with a faux lip spoiler. At the back, one can expect to see inverted L-shaped taillights with Skoda badging on the boot lid.
The ongoing model of the car employs features like auto headlamps, auto wipers, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and premium leatherette upholstery. All these features will also be offered with the upcoming new-gen model. It’ll also employ an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the latest connectivity features and a fully-digital instrument cluster. The sedan is expected to get propelled by the same 1.0-litre TSI gasoline unit. Transmission duties will be done by a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The current-gen Skoda Rapid is priced between Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) to Rs 11.799 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).