Skoda is offering a massive discount on diesel variants of the Rapid and they now cost as much as their petrol counterparts.
Skoda cars are known for their build quality and the driving pleasure they offer. The Rapid being their smallest and cheapest offering does not fall behind on these parameters. With upcoming emission norms, where all other manufacturers are going down on power, Skoda showcased the updated Rapid with a new 1.0L TSI engine to keep the drivers enthralled with the Rapid. The new 1.0L turbo-petrol will replace the current 1.6L petrol and 1.5L diesel engines as the carmaker will not be updating these engines to meet the stricter emission norms. However, the aftereffect of this decision is that the manufacturer is offering huge discounts on diesel variants of the Rapid. So much so, the prices of the diesel variant now fall in line with those of the petrol variants.
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Skoda is offering diesel Rapid at the price price of petrol engined car.
The discounts are part of the stock-clearance exercise and will thus be available till 31 March 2020 only. The base-spec petrol variant of the Skoda Rapid is priced at Rs. 8.81 lakhs, while the top-spec trim costs Rs. 11.15 lakhs. However, the diesel variants with the price reduction now start at Rs. 8.99 lakhs for the base trim and Rs. 11.15 lakhs for the top-end variant. The prices for the diesel variants are now similar to petrol variants of the car. The manufacturer is also offering a 6-year warranty with the diesel variants of the car, to keep the owners away from the hassle associated with the ownership experience.
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Skoda Rapid with 1.0L TSI showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Talking of the updated 1.0L TSI turbocharged petrol engine, which will replace the 1.5L diesel and 1.6L petrol engines, it is offered in two different states of tune, internationally. The lower-spec version has a peak power output of 95 PS and a max. torque of 160 Nm, while the powerful version of this same engine churns out 105 PS and 200 Nm, the latter is expected to make its way to the India-spec Rapid. There are a total of 4 transmission options offered on the outgoing Rapid. The diesel variants can be had with either a 7-speed DSG or a 5-speed manual transmission, while the petrol trims are offered with options of either a 6-speed torque-converter based AT or the 5-speed stick shift. The 1.0L TSI unit is expected to come mated to a 7-speed DSG and a 5-speed MT.