This week we have seen plenty of launches from the Indian auto manufacturers and also some well known International manufacturers too but what did catch out attention is that Skoda launched their new Rapid which now features a 1.5-litre diesel engine which has been mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen also launched the facelift of their Vento sedan recently and now Skoda launched their sedan with a new diesel engine which actually replaces the old 1.6 Liter diesel engine. This 1.5 liter diesel engine generates about 105 ps of peak power at 4400 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque in between 1500 to 2500 rpm. Beside the diesel engine the Rapid also carries over the Petrol 1.6 Liter MPI engine which produces about 105 Ps of peak power at 5250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm. Ther petrol engine gets mated to a 5 speed manual transmission but there is also an option of a Automatic 6-speed gearbox. While the newly introduced 1.5 Liter TDI diesel engine gets mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox but there is an option for a new 7 speed automatic gearbox.

On the styling front the new Rapid hasn’t changed much but although there is a top end Elegance Black Package available which gets smoke effect headlamps and Black alloy wheels and it also gets parking sensors and cruise control as an optional extra with the new facelift Rapid.

Skoda Launched Ther New Rapid With 1.5 TDI Diesel Engine
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The prices of the new Facelift Skoda Rapid have been provided below:

Rapid Versions Fuel Type Transmission Ex-showroom Price DELHI
1.6 MPI Active Petrol Manual Rupee 7,22,230
1.6 MPI Ambition Plus Petrol Manual Rupee 8,32,181
1.6 MPI Elegance Petrol Manual Rupee 8,72,017
1.6 MPI Elegance Black Package Petrol Manual Rupee 8,85,117
1.6 MPI Ambition Plus AT Petrol Automatic Rupee 9,29,940
1.6 MPI Elegance AT Petrol Automatic Rupee 9,68,583
1.6 MPI Elegance Black Package AT Petrol Automatic Rupee 9,81,683
1.5 TDI CR Active Diesel Manual Rupee 8,38,772
1.5 TDI CR Ambition Plus Diesel Manual Rupee 9,39,813
1.5 TDI CR Elegance Diesel Manual Rupee 9,74,324
1.5 TDI CR Elegance Black Package Diesel Manual Rupee 9,87,424
1.5 TDI CR Ambition Plus AT Diesel Automatic Rupee 10,49,813
1.5 TDI CR Elegance AT Diesel Automatic Rupee 10,84,324
1.5 TDI CR Elegance Black Package AT Diesel Automatic Rupee 10,97,424
Riju Ganguly

Press Release

SKODA Rapid to revolutionize C segment with the new 1.5 TDI diesel engine and the 7 speed automatic DSG transmission

Rapid model range now starts at Rs 722,230/- (Petrol) ex-showroom Delhi
7 speed automatic dual clutch DSG with cruise control and new 1.5 TDI engine
Increased fuel efficiency with the 1.5 TDI diesel engine: 21.66 kmpl* with DSG transmission and 21.14 kmpl* with the manual transmission
New sporty exterior design with glossy black elements like headlamps, fog lamps, grille along with the logo lip, multi-spoke alloys and ORVM’s
Combination of unmatched power, driving pleasure and high fuel efficiency

Delhi, September 25th, 2014: SKODA AUTO India introduces the new Rapid with new 7 speed DSG automatic transmission and a powerful 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine. With superior build quality and exclusive features tailor made for the Indian market, the Rapid model range will start at Rs. 7.2 lakhs (Petrol) ex showroom Delhi. The Rapid is ideal for the Indian roads with an attractive design, ample space, excellent safety equipment and modern proven technology. The new Rapid will be available across all authorized showrooms in the country.

Mr. Sudhir Rao, Chairman and Managing Director SKODA Auto India said, “The newly launched Rapid reflects our commitment to introduce innovative products of global standards in India. It is a comfortable car for the family with an elegant design, ensuring an efficient and an extremely safe drive. The DSG transmission further accentuates the dynamic driving pleasure of the Rapid. We have very ambitious long term plans for the Indian market; the Rapid along with our renewed focus on ownership experience will form the cornerstone of our future strategy.”

SKODA’s unique automatic dual-clutch DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission is composed of two transmission structures. This dual-clutch gearbox offers the function of two manual gearboxes in one; by contrast, it uses two dry clutches, but has no clutch pedal. Both clutches are actuated by the automated control system depending on the selected gear. Thanks to its very rapid shifting it enables you to achieve excellent acceleration while operating in the optimum mode and also being extremely fuel efficient.

Customers can now choose from six exciting colour options – Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Cappuccino Beige, Deep Black Pearl, Flash Red and the new Toffee Brown colour (the Toffee Brown colour is expected to be available in November). The SKODA Rapid will also be available with a new sporty exterior design with the set of black elements: headlamps, fog lamps, grille with logo-lip, multi-spoke alloys and external mirrors.

Excellent Safety Features:

Numerous electronic safety systems enhance the SKODA Rapid’s safety. The Rapid comes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBC (Engine Braking Control), dual rate brake assist, height adjustable head restraints at front and rear, driver and front passenger airbags. Additionally, the fuel supply cuts off in the event of an accident. Visibility is further enhanced with its projector head lamps (manual levelling). The Rapid comes with an electronic theft deterrence module that includes engine immobiliser with floating code system and security code for audio player. Along with comfort opening and closing of all windows, the unique anti-pinch system ensures your family is well protected.

Comfort and Convenience:

The climatronic air conditioning system ensures that the customer can set the optimum temperature within the cabin. The new Rapid has adjustable dual rear air conditioning vents on rear centre console for better air distribution. The new Rapid also flaunts a comprehensive entertainment suite that includes a 2-DIN SKODA audio player, large format display, front and rear speakers, audio and phone controls on steering wheel, USB and Auxiliary audio input for portable media players as well as the SD/MMC data card reader. The Radio can be remotely controlled from the phone App “Skoda Remote” available for iOS as well as for Android phones. The Rapid offers new generation rear parking sensors as a driver aid. For the first time, it will also give drivers the option of the cruise control that assures the optimal driving comfort along with the best fuel efficiency.

Engine Gearbox Active Ambition+ Elegance Elegance Black Package
1.6 MPI / 77kw(BS4) Manual 722,230 817,181 872,017 885,117
1.6 MPI / 77kw(BS4) Automatic 914,940 968,583 981,683
1.5 TDI / 77kw(BS4) Manual 838,772 924,813 974,324 987,424
Automatic DSG 1,034,813 1,084,324 1,097,424
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