All new Skoda Rapid launched

For the past week, there has been a lot of buzz regarding the new Rapid. The vehicle was teased and then pictures of the vehicle from the stockyard also came along. In an event held yesterday, Skoda has officially taken the wraps off the new Rapid.

What’s new?

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The vehicle gets the all new looks that help it bridge the gap between the European spec Rapid and the Indian one. Up front, the vehicle looks really nice with the new edgy styling. Everything is all new up front, be it the headlamps with LED DRLs, the grill and the bumper. Side profile remains the same but there has been an addition of new alloys. At the back, there is a minor change in the rear bumper.

On the inside, there is an all new 6.5″ touch screen system with Mirrorlink. There is nothing else that has been changed. There has been addition of more features like rain sensing wipers, cruise control, folding mirrors and climate control. Skoda has paid attention to safety and hence, ABS, dual airbags and height adjustable seatbelts have been made standard across the range.

Under the hood, there are 2 engine options on offer, a 1.6 liter MPi petrol which makes 103 Bhp and 153 Nm and comes mated to either a manual or an auto box. The diesel is an updated unit of the previous one and now makes 108 Bhp courtesy a new turbo. This too comes with an option of a manual or an automatic. The automatic in question though is the 7 speed DSG which is a really quick transmission.

How much is it going to set you back?

Now for the most important details, pricing and variant details.

Petrol manual: Active: Rs 8.34 lakhs, Ambition: Rs 9.26 lakhs, Style: Rs 10.44 lakhs

Petrol auto: Ambition: Rs 10.38 lakhs, Style: Rs 11.46 lakhs

Diesel manual: Active: Rs 9.57 lakhs, Ambition: Rs 10.49 lakhs, Style: Rs 11.66 lakhs

Diesel auto: Ambition: Rs 11.71 lakhs, Style: Rs 12.78 lakhs

*All prices ex showroom Maharashtra

Skoda has done a really good job of pricing the Rapid and with the updated looks, it shall certainly give the Vento a good competition.