The new facelift Rapid gets plenty of new updates both inside as well as outside

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Skoda has decided to introduce a facelift variant of the Rapid in India on November 3rd. The sedan has been here in the Indian market since 2011 and until now Skoda has only given minor updates to the sedan. However according to the sources Skoda will providing some significant update to the Rapid facelift this time.

The Rapid nameplate has been used by Skoda for a long time and the current generation car first made its debut back in 2011 and shares many parts with the Volkswagen Vento subcompact sedan. Presently the car is being produced at Skoda’s manufacturing facility in Pune.

Now that Skoda has decided to introduce the Rapid facelift in the Indian market here are all the details of the subcompact sedan.

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2017 Skoda Rapid
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: Skoda
  • Model: Rapid
  • Transmission: 5 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 110
  • Torque @ RPM: 250
  • Displacement: 1.5 L
  • Price: Affordable
  • car segment: midsize cars
  • body style: sedan
  • Overall: 7.8/10

EXTERIOR

Recently a facelift Rapid spyshot was going rounds on the internet which gave everyone a little hint of what could you expect from the facelift sedan. The front profile of the Rapid gets a completely new front bumper also gets new foglamps as well. The Rapid facelift now also sports a slightly wider butterfly grille. The front headlamps are also sharper and get projector units which will also be integrated with LED DRL lamps as well. Towards the side profile expect the side indicators to get shifter to the side mirror. While expect the rear bumper as well to get some changes as well which might come in the form of a new rear bumper and also a newly designed taillamps. The facelift sedan might also get a shark fin antenna as well.

INTERIOR

Expect the Rapid to get a duel tone Black and Beige interior. The dashboard design more or less will remain the same but it might get a completely new toucshcsreen infotainments system which is still not available with the pre-facelift model. Expect the new infotainment system to get additional features like Mirrorlink system, Bluetooth and also GPS navigational system. Expect the seats too to be also equipped with new upholstery as well.

DRIVETRAIN

As far as the drivetrain is concerned expect the new Skoda Rapid facelift to get updated 1.5 Litre diesel unit which also powers the Volkswagen Ameo sedan as well. This engine is capable of producing about 110 Ps of peak power and 250 Nm of torque.This engine will be offered with both 5 speed manual as well as a 7 speed DSG transmission. The Petrol variant on the other hand will get the 1.6 Litre four cylinder MPI unit which is available with a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic transmission.

PRICE

As far as the pricing is concerned expect this facelift variant to be priced slightly higher than the pre-facelift variant which is still on sale in the Indian market.

COMPETITION

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will be the biggest competitor to the soon to be launched facelift Rapid. The Ciaz was launched not so long ago and it managed to win the battle with one of the leading C-Segment sedans of this country the Honda City which ruled this segment for quite some time. The Maruti Ciaz sedan is available with both petrol and diesel drivetrains under its hood. The petrol variant is powered by 1.4 Litre K series petrol unit which is capable of producing about 91 Bhp of peak power and 130 Nm of torque. The diesel variant on the other hand is powered by the 1.3 Litre unit which is capable of producing about 89 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of torque. Transmission options available for both the drivetrains options include a 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic.

CONCLUSION

We are hopeful that the new Rapid facelift definitely helps Skoda to actually make some impact in C-segment of the Indian market. With the significant exterior and interior updates the Skoda Rapid facelift surely will win the hearts of many.

We will definitely update you with more details as soon gthe sedan launches in India on 3rd of November 2016.

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