2020 Skoda Rapid will share its 6-speed automatic torque-converter unit with the latest VW Polo and Vento
Earlier this year, the Czech automaker, Skoda has launched three new models in the Indian market, namely the Skoda Karoq, Skoda Superb facelift and the Rapid 1.0 TSI. The BS6 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI has received some subtle changes to its cosmetic beauty along with a massive tweak to under the bonnet.
The biggest talking point of the 2020 Rapid is its new BS6-ready 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that churns out 110 HP of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. At the time of its launch, the Skoda Rapid is available in manual avatar only with a single 6-speed MT on tap. However, it’s only a matter of time when the 2020 Skoda Rapid Automatic hits our market. According to some sources, Skoda Auto will introduce the automatic Rapid sometime during the festive season of 2020.
In fact, this development has been confirmed by Skoda India’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Zac Hollis. He revealed that the automatic version of the Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI would be introduced in the next 3 to 4 months, which means the launch timeline is at around August and September 2020.
There will be a 6-speed torque converter automatic on the stable of the Rapid 1.0 TSI, instead of the 7-speed DSG unit. Note that it’s the same torque convertor available with the 2020 Volkswagen Polo and Vento. The DSG, meanwhile, will be transferred to the bigger engines with a displacement of 1500 cc or above.
Having said, as VW Group has decided to phase out its diesel models from the production line owning to the stricter BSVI emission standards in India, the 2020 Skoda Rapid goes petrol only. The new Rapid comes in a choice of 5 variants including Rider, Ambition, Onyx, Style as well as Monte Carlo.
With the price stickers of around Rs 7.49 – 11.79 Lakh (ex-showroom), the Skoda Rapid is currently the most affordable car of its segment. The biggest rivals of 2020 Skoda Rapid are Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna or Honda City.