Skoda Auto India launched the updated, BS6 version of their mid-size sedan Rapid 1.0 TSI in the Indian market last week. The Rapid 1.0 TSI competes with cars like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City in the C-segment. It is the entry level offering from brand and prices for the base variant now start from Rs 7.49 lakh. This attractive price tag makes it cheaper than much smaller cars such as the Hyundai Aura turbo compact sedan and Volkswagen Polo TSI premium hatchback. Skoda launched the Rapid only with a manual transmission but now, there is confirmation that the car will be getting an automatic transmission in the next 3-4 months.
According to a post shared on Team-Bhp, Zac Hollis, Director, Sales and Marketing, Skoda India, has confirmed the same while replying to a question that was asked on Twitter. He had confirmed that Skoda will bring the automatic version of Rapid 1.0 TSI in 3-4 months time. He was also asked whether the base rider variant would be getting the automatic gearbox, to which he had replied that he would only be able to give a clear picture in coming months.
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI features the same design as before. It gets the signature grille at the front, sporty looking alloys, sharp looking front bumper and projector headlamps. On the inside, Rapid gets well laid out dashboard design as before with touchscreen infotainment screen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It offers safety features such as four airbags, ABS with EBD as standard, rear parking camera, rear AC vents and cruise control.
Skoda Rapid is available in five variants – Rider, Ambition, Onyx, Style and Monte Carlo. The car is now available with a single petrol engine option. As part of their new brand philosophy, Skoda has dumped all their diesel engines like many other manufacturers. The BS6 version of Rapid is now available with 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 110 PS and 175 Nm of peak torque. It generates 5 percent more power and 14 percent more torque than the older 1.6 litre MPI engine and returns a fuel efficiency of 18.97 kmpl. Prices for the new Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI as mentioned above starts at Rs 7.49 lakh, ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs 11.79 lakh, ex-showroom. The Rapid 1.0 TSI is one of the best priced C-Segment sedans in India, cheaper than the Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the Honda City. It’s a great bet for those who want a solidly built car at a very affordable price tag.