Skoda’s new sedan to sit above Rapid: More details surface

According to INDIA 2.0 plan, Skoda Auto will be launching a new sedan based on their new India-specific platform after the Kushaq mid-size SUV. Recently, the new sedan was also spotted testing for the first time on our Indian roads. Now, more details about the mid-size sedan have surfaced on the internet.

Launch timeline

Zac Hollis, director of Sales, Service & Marketing for Skoda India has already confirmed that the new mid-size sedan will be launching at the end of this year. Skoda will be following a similar plan that they did with the Kushaq. First, the name is expected to be unveiled where they could also tease some design elements of the sedan.

There is a possibility that there is a media drive with camouflage interior and exterior just like we saw with the Kushaq. The production-spec model will be showcased by the end of this year. There is also a possibility that we can see a concept of the sedan at the Auto Expo 2022.

While the sedan will be unveiled by the end of this year, the price of the sedan is not expected to be revealed at that time. The pricing could be revealed in the Q1 of 2022. Another thing to note is that the new sedan will cost more than the current Rapid. It will be larger than the Rapid and will be positioned above the Rapid. This information has also been confirmed by Zac himself on Twitter.

Actual deliveries

The bookings should get opened within a month or two when the sedan is unveiled. However, the deliveries of the sedan will take some time and the deliveries could take till Q2 2021.

What happens to the Rapid?

The Rapid is a decade old but this has helped the sedan to drop its prices. Due to this, it starts from just Rs. 7.79 lakhs ex-showroom and undercuts its competition by quite some margin. So, we expect that the Rapid will stay on sale even after the new sedan is launched in the Indian market. Another reason for Rapid to stay continue on sale is that the new sedan is being positioned above it. So, if Rapid is discontinued, there will be a huge price gap as Rapid is currently the cheapest Skoda that you can buy right now.

More about the new sedan

The sedan will be based on the MQB-AO-IN platform. It is specifically made for our country to help in reducing the costs of vehicles. The Kushaq is the first vehicle to be based on this platform. The upcoming Volkswagen Taigun which also shares its underpinnings with Kushaq will also be based on the same platform.

The new sedan is codenamed ANB and it will be longer and wider than the current Rapid. Skoda has also filed a trademark for the ‘Slavia’ name which could be used for the upcoming sedan. Powering the Skoda ANB will be a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. The 1.0-litre engine produces 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 200 Nm. It will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre TSI generates a max power output of 150 PS and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It is expected to be mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG.