Skoda Company introduced the new Fabia-based hatchback sedan in 2011 named as the Skoda Rapid. Even after contributing 70% of its sales and moreover 5 years, its older variants were not most popular and familiar cars within its segment. Skoda finally decided to launch to the major and much-needed facelift of new Skoda Rapid (which is also named as Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo) to increase its share value within the marketplace by utilizing this segment.
It is also majorly dominated by other segments such as the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Volkswagen Vento is another segment that shares that same set of engine and platform. Similar to Skoda Octavia, the all-new Skoda Rapid 2017 is referred to as an underrated car and they strongly trust that the car manufacturer (Czech-based) will introduce the new facelift segment a year ago.
The latest Skoda rapid Offer a new appearance and its front look will be with Skoda’s family design that we had already noticed on Superb, Octavia, and even recently launched Kodiak. It gets a new face grille that is entirely surrounded with the angular headlamps and also chrome accent piece to ensure the aggressive appearance intended by Skoda’s designers.
The new Skoda rapid interior is specially upgraded from its earlier variant with leather seats and as well as dual-tone of color code in its top transmission. For long distances, the seats are designed with supportive and firm with comfort travel.
Skoda Rapid Rider comes with a huge storage space which includes cup holders, door pockets (that can be utilized to hold Knick snacks along with 1-liter bottles), and chilled glove box. You can feel your comfort with the centrally placed armrest at the front and rear positions. It also has ACC (Auto Climate Control) along with rear AC vents to provide convenient chauffeur driven drape.
The new Skoda Rapid delivers a lot of stuff when compared with its earlier variants from the front panel to look more aggressive and sleeker. It has a beautifully showcased butterfly grill of vertical slat that has a black color theme. It also includes angular crystallized headlights along with the fog lamps which are connected directly to the LED Drill strip to provide the classy touch. With regards to the earlier generation models, it retains the same elegant character lines, rear side, and front sides have not changed at all.
Engine & Transmission
The new Skoda Rapid segment is now available in both specs Petrol and Diesel. The Diesel engine is similar to the same unit that was used within the Volkswagen Ameo with 1.5 liter TDI motor. This bigger turbocharger has increased its power from 103 bhp to a maximum of 108 bhp at 4400 rpm and even the torque was unchanged with 250 nm and varies between 1500 rpm to 2500 rpm.
The Diesel engine with gets manual transmission of 5-speed along with its option to get a 7-speed DSG transmission. On it’s another hand; the 1.6-liter Petrol engine will punch out the top-most power by utilizing the 104 bhp at 5250 rpm and produces the peak torque of 3800 rpm for 153 nm. Skoda will also offer numerous choices to their consumers with 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission to their preference.
Safety & Other Features
The all-new Skoda Rapid facelift will provide a newly designed touch-screen infotainment system along with reverse camera used with parking sensors, GPS, AUX-in, Bluetooth, and Mylink connectivity. It also contains other features such as Instrument cluster with comprehensive MID (Multi-information Display), height-adjustable seats, Wing ORVMs electrically foldable, telescopic & tilt steering wheel, Push button for Start & Stop, parking sensors, keyless entry & go, automatic IRVM for day & night, and rain-sensing wipers.
With regards to safety features, the all-new Skoda Rapid edition X comes with fully equipped with numerous airbags as standard. This is available for all the variants which also include disk braking system for front & rear, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), and ABS (Automatic Braking System) with EBD.
Dimensions & Mileage
Skoda Rapid does not have much difference from its earlier variants with regards to its dimension. It reads as follows: Height with 1466 mm, Width is 1699 mm, and length in 4386 mm. The mileage figures for both Petrol and Diesel engines are expected within 14.3 kmpl and 23 kmpl respectively.
The Skoda rapid automatic facelift is expected to fix the pricing around Rs 8 lakh (excluding the showroom price) for its active variant. Also, the Skoda rapid on road price for the other variants can go maximum of Rs 13.5 lakh, which is expected for DSG gearbox with 7-speed of top-most Diesel transmission. It is advisable that the showroom price may vary depending upon your geographical location. Hence, you need to check the showroom price and on road price before purchasing this facelift segment.