Skoda is currently heading the India 2.0 strategy under which the brand is leading the Volkswagen Group’s India expansion plans. Under the new plan, the group plans to acquire more market share and to do so, Skoda will launch a slew of new cars in the Indian market. One of the new cars that will be launched by the manufacturer is the Skoda Rapid BS6 variant and the car was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo too. While the new Skoda Rapid will be available only with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, a high-performance variant of the sedan can be launched in the Indian market at a later stage.
Skoda will soon re-launch the Octavia RS245 in the Indian market, which will remain the sole RS product from the manufacturer in the market. The Czechoslovakian manufacturer is currently working on the all-new, next-generation version of the Rapid that will be launched in the Indian market next year. With the all-new model, Skoda is expected to launch the high-performance RS version of the car that might get launched in the Indian market too.
However, there is a catch. Skoda says that they will launch the Rapid RS only if there’s a demand for the vehicle in the market. Last time when Skoda launched the Octavia RS in the Indian market, the car got sold out quickly and Skoda had to launch more units of the vehicle in the market. However, the Octavia RS serves a premium segment of the customers, who look beyond the fuel efficiency of the cars that they own. However, the Rapid serves a segment that is more concerned about the fuel efficiency of the vehicle rather than the performance.
If the Skoda Rapid RS becomes a reality and launches in India, it will get powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The four-cylinder engine will produce a massive 180 PS of maximum power! The transmission can be a 6-speed or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. We may not get a manual version of the car.
Since the RS badged cars are aimed at the enthusiasts, there are quite a few handfuls of changes visually too. For example, the RS variant is expected to get new bumpers, alloy wheels, a boot lid-mounted spoiler and more. We do hope that it becomes a reality though.
The all-new Skoda Rapid will be revealed in the international market later this year. It will get a tweaked chassis and the exterior design of the car is expected to be similar to the Skoda Octavia. In the Indian market, the all-new Rapid will continue to get powered by the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine option. The new engine is BS6 compliant and generates a maximum power of 115 PS and peak torque of 200 Nm.