2017 Skoda Rapid
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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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Skoda Rapid facelift spied for the first time
Skoda India has not been particularly busy of late and there hardly has been any new product from the Czech manufacturer the past year. That is about to change as the first spyshot featuring the updated Skoda Rapid has been taken courtesy of Motorbeam.
The snaps taken show the test mule in a white shade and an overall sharper design. The website reports that the front bumper, front fenders, bonnet, headlights and grille are all new. The front portion is where majority of the changes have taken place with the rear and sides looking the same as before. However the changes seen on the test car show that the styling update has made the sedan look more mature and it does have a certain appeal to it. The interior has not been snapped but will probably receive some design changes and equipment upgrades as well.
On the mechanical front, the sedan will likely continue with the same set of engines as before, which are 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel units. The current oilburner produces an output of 103 bhp but this might increase, as parent company Volkswagen will be introducing a larger turbo in the next step towards higher localization of their diesel engine.
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.
With the rise of the middle class, one market that has benefited and expanded is the mid-size sedan segment. Volkswagen is treading on a two pronged strategy consisting of two similar products under different brand names. The Vento and Rapid are built under one parent company and while the VW Vento is one of the popular cars in the segment, the Skoda Rapid too has garnered appreciation from the buyers.
The Czech brand has launched a special edition of the Rapid called the Rapid Ultima almost mirroring Volkswagen’s move to offer extra standard kit on the Vento. Thus, the Skoda Rapid Ultima gets additional features including a navigation system, additional safety airbags, projector headlamps, leather interior, parking sensors, among others.
The engines powering the car remain the same. The 1.6-liter MPI petrol with 105 PS and a 1.6-liter TDI CR producing 105 PS and is good for 250 Nm of peak torque. The model is offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed Tiptronic. Special ’Ultima’ branding differentiates it from the standard Skoda Rapid models.
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Skoda has launched a new limited edition version of their Rapid sedan. The new Rapid comes fitted with added features and accessories and is called the Rapid Ultima Edition.
Now, such versions are usually launched to help dealerships clear their stock of accessories. With the new Rapid Ultima Edition you get parking sensors, reversing camera, satellite navigation, leatherette seat covers, door sills, Ultima branded floor mats and even a set of seven-spoke alloy wheels.
The Ultima Edition pack is added to the Ambition Plus and Elegance spec versions of the Skoda Rapid. The kit also includes projector lamps as standard. As far as aesthetic changes are concerned, the Rapid Ultima Edition gets a sporty off-set racing stripes.
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Skoda India showcased a couple of new products at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The Czech car maker launched the new Octavia earlier in the year. Followed by the reincarnation of the ’Octavia’ brand in India, the launched the new Superb with updated styling and more.
Skoda also unveiled the new Yeti at the recently concluded Auto Expo. The new Skoda Yeti also gets a refreshed exterior and improved cabin. The SUV is expected to be launched in the country at a later date.
Meanwhile, the Skoda Rapid heads their offensive in the mid-size segment along with its sister car- the VW Vento. The Fabia, though quite old now, is still being offered and is due for an update as well.
Skoda Auto has released the revised price list of all their models. The prices of cars in India had fallen thanks to cuts in government excise duties. In this article we will take a look at each model in brief and details of all the revised prices
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It’s not the first time that such a thing has happened. Platform sharing is very common in the automobile world and even the Rolls-Royce Ghost shares about 20percent of its components with the BMW 7-Series. From amongst cars that you and I can hope to buy, the soon to be launched Renault Pulse is basically the Nissan Micra, the Koleos and X-Trail share more than just their monocoque, so do the Skoda Fabia and the Volkswagen Polo and the same for the Superb and Passat. Most automotive companies that own multiple brands under their umbrella end up sharing platforms to keep costs in check and no one does it better than Volkswagen. The VW Group is massive and includes brands like VW itself, Skoda, Audi, SEAT, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti etc. So when VW launched the Vento last year, it was only a matter of time before Skoda launched its Vento based sedan. The Skoda Rapid is essentially the Vento with a few design changes to the exteriors and interiors. With prices starting from Rs6,82,411 to Rs9,08,913 for the petrol and Rs8,03,752 to Rs9,29,137 for the diesel ex-showroom New Delhi, will this Skoda be able to make rapid strides into the segment?
UPDATE 16/10/2013Skoda has updated the Rapid lineup. From now, they’ll only offer two new variants, called the Ambience Plus and the range-topping Elegance, for the Rapid that adds more creature comforts and features to the Vento-based sedan.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, Skoda showcased two new vehicles – the facelifted Yeti and the Rapid Spaceback, which is a new hatch based on the Skoda Rapid sedan. The Czech brand has announced its plans to launch at least eight new or facelifted models by the end of 2013, which sounds quite ambitious. But, after witnessing Skoda launch their new Octavia, facelifted Yeti and now a estate, it seems they are quite serious about their target.
The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is a compact small car meant for small urban families and the youth. With this, the company makes an entry to the A-segment market. They will also be offering various options for customization to attract more of the young and dynamic motor enthusiasts looking for personalization.
Presently, the company is busy with their program of launching this new hatchback in UK, without hinting on any plans of launching it in India. But, since it is a well known fact that India has a very attractive as well as competitive compact car market, Skoda wouldn’t want to waste the opportunity. They must find something to fill the hole left by the Skoda Fabia.
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Volkswagen did the same earlier this month and Skoda has followed suit. Volkswagen had launched new variants of the Polo and the Vento and lowered the price of the Highline variant. Skoda has now launched new variants of the Rapid sedan - the Active Plus and the Ambition Plus and has added features to the current Active and Ambition models. Though unlike VW, Skoda hasn’t added more features to the top spec variant, but the manufacturer has rather chosen to add variants to the base Active and the middle Ambition models to give customers an option and lure them for the upcoming festival season. It remains to be seen whether Skoda will discontinue the Active and Ambition models and whether the manufacturer will increase prices for the variants launched.
Skoda has finally taken the wraps off the 2012 Rapid which is expected to make its way into India in 2013. The sedan will replace the current Rapid which is essentially the Volkswagen Vento. The Rapid is the first Skoda to receive the brand’s all new design philosophy which will be seen on most of its cars in the next few years. There are familiar Skoda cues like the wide grille and boxy taillights. The overall design though has become crisper and more angular.
The Rapid is 4.48m long and 1.7m wide, and will be offered with a wide choice of five petrol and two diesel engines and there is also an option of a vRS version. More information of the engine and the trim levels will be known at the 2012 Paris motor show in September.
The liftback boot lid gives it a coupe-like silhouette shape while at the rear the car’s boot design is similar to that of the Rapid on sale in India. The taillights are in the brand’s typical C shape, and according to Skoda the Rapid is ‘clear, precise, fresh and emotional’.
Autocar India, India’s largest selling automobile magazine has awarded the Maruti Suzuki Swift with the car of the year award. The original Swift was launched in 2005 and that year too it won the Car of the year. The second generation launched in 2011 took off from where the first Swift left and even though the new Swift looks very similar with the old model, this hatch is built on an all new platform.