Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda will launch facelifted Rapid sedan on November 3, 2016. The new model comes with reworked exteriors and an updated diesel engine. The Rapid has been on sale since 2011 and this first time the car is getting a major update since its launch.
The new Rapid gets a more angular styling upfront, which includes a wider butterfly grille directly flanked by angular headlamps and new bumper design. The styling cues are borrowed from its elder siblings; Octavia and Superb. The rear-end still resembles the outgoing model.
The engine is a new 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit; the same powerplant that powers the Volkswagen Ameo diesel variant as well as the Vento.
The diesel powerplant is able to produce 110bhp, thanks to the heavy modification and a bigger turbocharger. The other engine variant will be a 1.6-litre petrol which remains unchanged.
When it comes to transmission choices, customers can either have a five-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Inside, the vehicle will offer the same dual-tone black-and-beige cabin like the current model. The top variant will be equipped with a touchscreen entertainment system with the MirrorLink and Bluetooth support, sat nav and reverse camera.
The new Rapid will compete in the entry-level sedan segment against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and the Fiat Linea. We expect it to be priced in the range of Rs 8 lakh to Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).