2020 Skoda Rapid Automatic bookings were opened in India some two weeks ago at Rs 25,000 and now, Skoda India has announced that it will launch on the 17th of this month, with deliveries beginning the next day. The Rapid TSI range is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that makes 109 hp and 175 Nm of torque. The new variant launching on 17 September will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, offering a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.24 kpl.
The automatic version replaces the famed DSG twin-clutch system with a more cost-effective torque convertor unit. Skoda stated earlier that when compared with the outgoing 1.6 MPI engine, the new Rapid AT offers a 5% upsurge in power and a 14% rise in torque output. At the same time, it offers a 9% increase in fuel efficiency against the previous engine.
Skoda Rapid TSI was launched in India in May this year at prices ranging from Rs 7.49 lakh to Rs 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom).
Rapid TSI variants and prices:
Std – Rs 7.49 lakh
Ambition – Rs 9.99 lakh
Onyx – Rs 10.19 lakh
Style- Rs 11.49 lakh
Monte Carlo – Rs 11.79 lakh
Skoda Rapid AT will rival the Hyundai Verna turbo-DCT, Honda City CVT, Volkswagen Vento AT and the Toyota Yaris CVT. Expect the AT version to be priced about Rs 60,000 higher than its manual variants.
Along with the Rapid TSI, Skoda also launched the 2020 Skoda Superb facelift that made its India debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. It comes with a new 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that replaces the BS4 1.8-litre unit. Positioned above the Rapid, the new Superb comes in in two variants – Sportline and Laurin & Klement (L&K) variants with prices ranging from Rs 29.99 lakh to Rs 32.99 lakh, respectively.
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