Skoda India has finally launched the new Rapid facelift. Rival to the Honda City / Maruti Ciaz, new Rapid has adopted significantly revised front fascia, which Skoda calls as the ‘crystalline design’.
The car features a new bonnet with an accentuated centre ridge in addition to an angular grille, redesigned headlamps and a reprofiled front bumper. The front fenders will feature minor modification to accommodate the fascia’s design change.
The biggest update in terms of design, is in the front in the form of quartz-cut projector headlamps with chrome eye-lashes and LED DRLs. The facelift exercise puts the India-spec sedan closer to its European counterpart in terms of aesthetics.
Skoda Rapid Facelift Interiors, Safety, Features
On the inside, you get plus dual tone ebony sand interiors, complemented with leather upholstery. You also get new ‘Drive Central’ infotainment system with 6.5 inch colour touchscreen and MirrorLINK technology. Some of the new features on offer are electrically foldable mirrors, auto climate control, rain sensing wipers, and cruise control. It also gets a large 460 liter boot. Safety features on board are airbags, ABS, ESC and Hill Hold Control,
Skoda Rapid Facelift Price and Variants
Skoda Rapid 1.6 Petrol MT Active – INR 8.34 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.6 Petrol MT Ambition – INR 9.26 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.6 Petrol MT Style – INR 10.44 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.6 Petrol AT Ambition – INR 10.38 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.6 Petrol AT Style – INR 11.46 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.5 Diesel MT Active – INR 9.57 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.5 Diesel MT Ambition – INR 10.49 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.5 Diesel MT Style – INR 11.66 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.5 Diesel AT (DSG) Ambition – INR 11.71 lakh
Skoda Rapid 1.5 Diesel AT (DSG) Style – INR 12.78 lakh
PS – All prices above are ex-showroom, Maharashtra.
Skoda Rapid Facelift Engine & Transmission
The Rapid which shares a majority of its components with the Vento will continue to be powered by the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The former produces 105 PS/153 Nm and is available with a 5-speed MT and 6-speed MT. The latter is capable of 110 PS/250 Nm and can be specified with a 5-MT or a 7-DSG.
Skoda Rapid Facelift Mileage
Skoda Rapid petrol 1.6 liter engine with manual transmission claims to deliver 15.41 kmpl while the one mated with automatic transmission claims to deliver 14.84 kmpl. Skoda Rapid 1.5 liter diesel with manual transmission delivers 21.13 kmpl while the 7 speed DSG variant claims to deliver 21.72 kmpl.
In the last 6 months, the sedan managed average monthly sales of 650 units. The Skoda Rapid facelift is expected to bring a sales boost in the coming months. More details about the new car in the news release and photos below.