Skoda India launches the Rapid sedan at Rs. 6.75 lakhs

Skoda India launches the Rapid sedan at Rs. 6.75 lakhs

Skoda India has launched the Rapid sedan in India at a starting price of Rs 6.75 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The Rapid is available in both petrol and diesel engine options, and offered with manual and automatic variants. The car shares a lot of the underpinnings form the Vento including the engines.

In the looks department, the headlights, the grille and the fogs are similar to Skoda’s Fabia. To help the Skoda and VW bits blend, the Rapid gets a new bonnet, new fenders and a mildly altered chin. The bonnet is longer, the new fender has the Vento’s sharp crease built into it and the chin is slightly altered at the corners, where it merges with the Vento’s beautifully executed wheel arches. The rear is different from the VW Vento too. Skoda has inserted its ‘C’ motif in the tail-lights, the area where the numberplate sits has been altered and there is a new, more sculpted bumper.

On the inside, the cabin is almost identical to its VW counterpart, apart from the Skoda family steering wheel (which has no steering-mounted controls), instrument panel, gearlever and audio system.

Powering the three variants is a 1598cc engine producing 105PS of power, the petrol at 5250rpm while the diesel at 4400rpm. The petrol engine produces a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3800rpm while the diesel produces 250Nm available from 1500-2500rpm, same as in the Vento. Standard for both the engines is a five speed manual while a six-speed automatic box is an option for the petrol variant.

The Rapid sedan is available in three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Elegance. The Elegance trim gets all the bells and whistles including twin airbags and 15-inch alloy wheels. The Rapid fills the void between the Fabia and Octavia.

Looks like the hole left by the exit of the Octavia has finally been filled after all.


Variants and Features of Skoda Rapid –

Skoda Rapid is available in three trim levels, Active, Ambition and Elegance. Some of the key features of the Skoda Rapid are mentioned below –

  • Chrome on radiator grille and interior door handles
  • Halogen headlights
  • high level LED third brake light
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • height adjustable seatbelts at front and height adjustable head restraints
  • child proof rear door locking
  • door open indicator
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Tilt and take adjustable steering wheel
  • 2 Din Audio system with cable and connector
  • rear air conditioning vents
  • onyx-grey/Ivory upholstery
  • Power windows
  • Bounce back system
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Rear and front fog lights
  • ABS
  • Dual rate brake assist
  • airbags
  • Multi function display of travelling time, fuel consumption etc.
  • Automatic climate control
  • Alloy wheels

Technical Specifications of Skoda Rapid –

Skoda Rapid Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder MPFI Petrol Engine
  • 16 Valve DOHC Engine with BS4 emission norms compliance
  • Max power of 105 BHP@ 5250 RPM
  • Max torque of 153 Nm @ 3800 RPM
  • Max Speed – 188 km/h
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h – 10.7 seconds

Skoda Rapid Diesel Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder CRDI Diesel engine
  • Turbocharged engine with direct injection technology
  • 16 Valve DOHC Engine with BS4 emission norms compliance
  • Max power of 105 BHP@ 4400 RPM
  • Max torque of 250 Nm @ 1500 to 2500 RPM
  • Max Speed – 186 km/h
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h – 10.8 seconds – Diesel

Skoda Rapid Transmission Options

  • Front wheel Drive System
  • 5 Speed manual transmission in both petrol and diesel variants
  • 6 speed automatic transmission with triptronic changing system with only petrol engine variant
  • Skoda Rapid General Specifications
  • Front axle – McPherson Strut type
  • Rear axle – Compound link crank axle
  • Brake Front – Disc brakes
  • Brake rear – Drum brakes
  • Wheels – 5.0J X 14”(Active and Ambition), 6.0J X 15” Elegance
  • Tyres – 175/70 R14 Active and Ambition),  185/60 R15 Elegance
  • Kerb Weight – 1145 – 1180 KG
  • (Petrol) and 1205 KG (Diesel)
  • Tank Capacity – 55 Liters


5 Shades available in Skoda Rapid –

  • Cappuccino Beige
  • Candy White
  • Flash Red
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Deep Black Pearl


Official Price List of Skoda Rapid in India –

Prices of Skoda Rapid ex-showroom Maharashtra are as follows;

  • Active Petrol: Rs. 6.62 Lakhs
  • Ambition Petrol: Rs. 6.95 Lakhs
  • Elegance Petrol: Rs. 7.84 Lakhs
  • Ambition Petrol (Auto): Rs. 7.93 Lakhs
  • Elegance Petrol (Auto):  Rs. 8.82 Lakhs
  • Active Diesel: Rs. 7.80 Lakhs
  • Ambition Diesel: Rs. 8.13 Lakhs
  • Elegance Diesel: Rs. 9.01 Lakhs


Prices of Skoda Rapid ex-showroom Delhi are as follows;

  • Active Petrol: Rs 6.75 lakh
  • Ambition Petrol: Rs 7.09 lakh
  • Ambition Petrol (Auto): Rs 8.09 lakh
  • Elegance Petrol: Rs 7.99 lakh
  • Elegance Petrol (Auto): Rs 8.99 lakh
  • Active Diesel: Rs 7.96 lakh
  • Ambition Diesel: Rs 8.29 lakh
  • Elegance Diesel: Rs 9.19 lakh


Also see – Video – Skoda Rapid microsite goes live, just before the launch


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