Skoda Rapid goes Ultima; Starts at 8.33 lakh rupees

Skoda India has unveiled a new edition of its best selling car model, the Rapid C-Segment sedan. The Skoda Rapid Ultima Special Edition has been launched in India, at a price of 8.33 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The Rapid’s Ultima Edition represents the second car launch of the year for Volkswagen group owned Czech car brand Skoda, with the first being the Superb Facelift. In the coming months, Skoda will launch the facelifted Yeti in India.

Skoda Rapid Ultima Edition Image
Skoda Rapid Ultima Edition

 

So, what’s new about the Rapid Ultima Edition?

Visually, Skoda has a added twin stripes, running bumper to bumper. These stripes give the Rapid Ultima a sporty appearance, akin to GT cars. The flanks of the Rapid Ultima also features an exterior decal that runs alongside its flanks, from the head lamps to the tail lamps. Apart from these visual changes, the Rapid Ultima gets a slew of features and creature comforts, most of which have been seen on Special Edition versions of the Rapid sedan launched before.

Here’s a round up:

  • Projector head lamps
  • Revised 7 spoke alloy wheel design (not in image)
  • Garmin and Tom-Tom navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering wheel with audio controls
  • Parking sensors
  • Artificial Leather Seat Covers
  • Additional airbags in middle variant
  • Floor mats and door sill guards with Ultima insignia
Mechanically, the car remains unchanged. The petrol motor is a naturally aspirated, 1.6 liter-4 cylinder MPI engine that outputs 103 Bhp-153 Nm while the turbo diesel motor is a turbocharged unit that displaces 1.6 liters in a 4 cylinder layout, with a 103 Bhp-250 Nm output. Both engines are mated to 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard fare while a the petrol motor gets a 6 speed automatic gearbox as an option.
The Rapid Ultima Edition, like all special edition cars from the Skoda stable, will be sold for a limited period of time. The ex-showroom Delhi prices of the Rapid Ultima Edition are as follows:
  • Ambition Plus Petrol MT INR 8,33,156
  • Elegance Petrol MT INR 8,95,355
  • Ambition Plus Petrol AT INR 9,30,915
  • Elegance Petrol AT INR 9,91,920
  • Ambition Plus Diesel MT  INR 9,40,788
  • Elegance Diesel MT INR 9,97,661
Facelifted Euro-spec Rapid likely for India by the year-end
Skoda Rapid Euro-Spec
Skoda India is likely to launch a facelifted version of the Rapid in India by the end of this year. The facelifted Rapid is expected to take its design cues from the Euro-spec model. Apart from visual changes, additional equipment and new turbo petrol (1.2 TSI) and turbo diesel (1.4 TDI) engines are likely to be added to the facelifted Rapid sold in India. The facelifted Rapid is expected to be launched in tandem with the facelifted Volkswagen Vento, a sister model.