The new 1.0-litre TSI gasoline engine will be introduced to take over the older 1.6-litre MPI unit in the Rapid. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission
Back in 2018, we broke the news about Skoda’s plans to acquire as many as 90 per cents of localization for its future products in India as part of the 'India 2.0' plan. To make it more specific, a part of the company's efforts is to localize VW Group's 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit. In a new report, it has been stated that Skoda India would equip the Rapid with the 1.0-litre TSI mill in place of the outgoing 1.6 MPI engine option.
The Skoda Rapid will be soon available with a1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine option.
With the BSVI looking all set to roll out in the market, the new powertrain option will comply with the updated emission standards and will become the only engine option on offer as the currently available 1.5-litre diesel motor will not be upgraded to satisfy the stringent norms. The new model is anticipated to officially enter the game around the dawn of 2020 to compete with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
For the very first time ever, the petrol variant of Skoda Rapid will get the state-of-the-art 7-step DSG dual-clutch transmission which is aimed to replace the outgoing 6-speed automatic torque converter unit of the previous model. It’s worth noting that for now, only the Skoda Rapid diesel employs a DSG transmission option in its range.
The new petrol variant is expected to get a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
Globally, the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine comes available with two different states of tune including 95 hp of power/160 Nm of torque and 115 hp of power/200 Nm of torque. For the India-spec Rapid, the new motor will be available in the higher state of tune. In comparison, the current 1.6-litre gasoline burner is good for only 105 hp and 153 Nm. In another development, VW India is also contemplating introducing the new engine in the Vento.