Skoda India has launched the Rapid facelift in the country at a starting price of Rs 8.34, ex-showroom, Maharashtra, while the top variant is priced at Rs 12.67 lakh, ex-showroom, Maharashtra. The Skoda Rapid facelift gets cosmetic changes as well as upgraded power for the diesel engine. The Rapid facelift features a new design language, which the company calls it Crystalline Design. The new design gives the car a premium and modern look and is similar to the Octavia and the new Superb.
The Skoda Rapid is powered the same 1.6 MPI petrol and 1.5 TDI diesel engine, paired to both 5-speed manual and DSG automatic gearbox. However, the company has upgraded the diesel unit, which now produces more power at 108 hp. The diesel engine delivers enhanced performance as well as fuel economy and is the same unit that was launched on the Volkswagen Ameo TDI.
On the new Rapid, Skoda has used a new signature honeycomb mesh grille that is embellished with chrome outlining. The LED Quartz-cut projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, C-shaped smoked tail lamps and rectangular fog lamps are also a part of the exterior changes. At the rear, the same Crystalline Design has been carried and boasts of a sportier looking rear spoiler and chrome finished tailgate, while the side profile of the sedan features chrome finished door handles and Matone alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the Rapid is equipped with a new dual-tone ebony interior that offers a premium touch. The car looks spacious and stylish as it has a boot space of 460 litres and good legroom and headroom. The Rapid is also equipped with perforated leather seats and leather trims on the door armrests. For comfort and convenience, Skoda also offers the sedan with a 6.5 inch coloured touch screen infotainment system with MirroLink connectivity for all the apps. The car also gets a steering wheel adjustable for reach and height. Other convenience features on the Skoda Rapid includes rain sensing wiper, cruise control, one-touch operation for windows, cooled glove box, flip frame cup holder and front centre under storage armrest.
In terms of safety, the Skoda Rapid is available with a host of standard safety technologies. This includes dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), height adjustable seat belt and rear headrests, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), hill hold, auto dimming interior rear view mirror, rear parking sensors and fuel cut off supply during a crash.
Skoda is also offering the new Rapid with Skoda services such as a four-year warranty, four-year roadside assistance and an optional four-year maintenance, that can be bought at a price of Rs 29,999. Apart from this, the customers can also get complete details of their vehicle such as service history, service calculator, document storage, service booking, dealer locator and offers via Skoda digital, My Skoda App.
Below are the prices of new Skoda Rapid (ex-showroom, Maharashtra)
- Skoda Rapid Active MT- 8.34 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Ambition MT- Rs 9.26 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Ambition AT- Rs 10.38 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Style MT - Rs 10.44 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Style AT - Rs 11.46 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Active MT - Rs 9.57 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Ambition MT - Rs 9.57 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Ambition AT - Rs 11.71 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Style MT- Rs 11.66 lakh
- Skoda Rapid Style AT- Rs 12.78 lakh