Featuring both external and internal updates, the new Skoda Rapid facelift has finally been launched in India. Being the first major update ever since Skoda Rapid was launched in 2011, the new Rapid is also much more attractive and sportier than ever before.
The 2016 Skoda Rapid facelift features a new front bumper, new headlights, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators and revised grille design.
It also gets a more chiseled bonnet and fenders. This follows the Skoda global design language as is also seen on board the Octavia, Yeti and Superb in India. Side and rear profiles remain untouched while at the rear a restyled boot lid, redesigned tail lamps and rear bumper were noted.
Interiors of the Skoda Rapid facelift receive some restyling and added onboard equipment while there are no changes in engine specifications. The new Skoda Rapid facelift will continue with the same set of engine and transmission options.
These include 1.6-liter petrol engine generating 105 PS and 153 Nm along with a 1.5 liter TDI diesel generating 110 PS and 250 Nm. Both engines are mated to five-speed MT. You can also opt for a 6 speed AT with petrol engine or a 7 speed DSG with the diesel engine. It is expected to get a 1.2 TSI in the future, along with a DSG gearbox.
If you thought that this was the sportiest Rapid could get in India, well you are in for a surprise. Skoda India is reportedly planning on launching a much more sportier variant of the new Rapid in 2017. Called Rapid Monte Carlo Edition, this will be in line with the European Monte Carlo Editions of Skoda Cars.
It basically features a bright red metallic paint with matte black accents on the body. Interiors too are done in all black and feature more sporty features. Below are a few images of Superb Monte Carlo Edition, which would give you an idea of what to expect from the Rapid Monte Carlo.