Skoda Auto launched the much awaited facelift version of the Rapid compact sedan with a starting price of INR 8.34 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra). The new refreshed version of Rapid seems to be an upgraded one as it comes with more premium body design whereas the side profile and rear end doesn’t see much change. The new model will be available with 1.6 litre petrol engine as well as 1.5 litre diesel motor with a choice on transmission as well. There are number of drive trains to choose from like a 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 7-speed DSG.
Skoda Rapid Exterior
The Skoda Rapid comes with a much more pronounced hood with black vertical slats bordered by chrome surroundings. The Skoda emblem sits in the centre above the grille which is flanked by crystallized angular headlamps. The air dam is closer in looks to the Octavia with rectangular fog lamps placed in the redesigned bumpers. The side profile comes with flared wheel arches at the rear while the 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles and electronically adjustable ORVMs with integrated indicators. The rear end comes with C-shaped tail lamps with diagonal lines intersecting each other on the boot lid. The body coloured rear bumper houses the parking sensors.
Skoda Rapid Dimensions
The Skoda Rapid hasn’t seen much change in the dimensions as the length is 4413 mm, width is 1699 mm and the height is 1466 mm. The wheelbase is 2552 mm which translates into ample legroom for the passengers.
Skoda Rapid colors
The new Skoda Rapid facelift is available in 6 different colors – Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Cappuccino Beige, Carbon Steel, Silk Blue and Flash Red.
Skoda Rapid Interior
The all new 2016 Skoda Rapid earns a lot of brownie points as the old school interiors in the previous models have been uplifted by the addition of an infotainment touch screen. The design still retains two-tone colour as black dominates the upper region of the dashboard while beige can be seen on the lower portions. The front seats are supportive for long distances and cabin gets an ergonomically placed centre armrest which aids in gear shifts as well. The doors can hold 1 litre bottles and similar stuff and come with leather armrests ingrained in them. The storage space is aplenty with cup holders in the central console, armrest with storage space and rear seats also come with door pockets and armrest with cup-holder increasing the cargo space. The rear seats will be suitable for the chauffer driven as well. The boot space in the new Skoda Rapid is 460 litres and makes it an ideal companion for family outings.
Skoda Rapid Features
In terms of features, the new Skoda Rapid comes with rear AC vents with overall auto climate control, new Mirror Link technology, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, chilled glove box, automatic day/night IRVM, rain sensing wipers and cruise control among others.
Skoda Rapid Safety Features
In terms of safety, the new revamped Rapid sedan sports dual airbags with ABS, rain sensing wipers and reverse parking assistance with camera as standard across all the variants along with additional features such as Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Control.
Skoda Rapid Engine Specifications and Mileage
The Rapid is available in both petrol and diesel derivatives wherein the petrol powered mill is powered by a 1.6-litre MPI engine which can produce a max power of 103.5 Bhp @ 5250 rpm with peak torque of 153 Nm @ 3800 rpm. It will come mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 6 speed DSG transmission. The petrol unit is claimed to return fuel economy of 15.41kmpl and 14.84 kmpl for manual and automatic units respectively. The diesel unit, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.5 litre TDI oil burner which is capable of producing peak power figures of 108 Bhp with 250 Nm of torque. The diesel mill can extract a mileage of 21.72 kmpl and 21.13 kmpl for automatic and manual variants which runs in conjunction with a 7-speed DSG transmission & 5-speed manual.
Skoda Rapid Competition
The competition of the Skoda Rapid is from the Honda City which sells like hot cakes since its diesel variant was introduced in the Indian market. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the stylish looking Verna from the Korean carmaker Hyundai are the other opponents of the capable sedan.
Skoda Rapid Price
As far as the price is concerned, the Skoda Rapid facelift is offered in 10 variants across the three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style. The base variant is priced at INR 8.34 lakh while the top end variant gets a price tag of INR 12.78 lakh (Both ex-showroom Maharashtra).