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Skoda Launches Rapid Facelift, Prices Start Rs 8.35 lakh

  • Nov 03, 2016
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In what can be called the first major C-segment update this festive season, Czech carmaker Skoda has launched a facelift of its Rapid sedan. Prices for the Rapid now start at Rs 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Maharashtra).

The Rapid facelift now adorns Skoda’s new crystalline design philosophy and gets a completely redesigned front end with the signature butterfly front grille and sharpened headlamps. The new front bumper gets honeycomb grille for the air dam and rectangular fog lamps. LED daytime running lights make way into the Rapid portfolio now.

Changes at the rear are minimal with a new bumper and smoked rear lights. The Rapid also gets a rear spoiler (not standard) now that looks sporty. On the inside, Ebony-Sand theme with Amber illumination at the footwell makes things different than before. The Rapid also gets a new VW style 3-spoke steering wheel and a 6.5" touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity.

The Rapid facelift is still powered by the same 1.6-litre, MPI petrol engine and the 1.5-litre, TDI diesel engine. Engine specifications for the petrol Rapid remain as is however the diesel Rapid gets a bump in power figures. The 1.5-litre, TDI engine now makes 110PS of maximum power, up by 5PS. Both the petrol and diesel Rapid will get a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel Rapid is also available with a 7-speed DSG while the petrol gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Engine Specs:

Skoda Rapid 1.6-litre Petrol - Max power 105PS, Max torque 153Nm, Claimed FE 15.42(MT) and 14.84 (AT)

Skoda Rapid 1.5-litre Diesel - Max power 110PS, Max torque 250Nm, Claimed FE 21.12(MT) and 21.72 (DSG)

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The Skoda Rapid faces strong competition from Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, VW Vento and Fiat Linea in the C-segment.

Detailed variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Maharashtra)

Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.6 MPI MT Active – Rs 8.35 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.6 MPI MT Ambition – Rs 9.26 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.6 MPI MT Style – Rs 10.44 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.6 MPI AT Ambition – Rs 10.39 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.6 MPI AT Style – Rs 11.46 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.5 TDI MT Active – Rs 9.57 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.5 TDI MT Ambition – Rs 10.49 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.5 TDI MT Style – Rs 11.66 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.5 TDI AT Ambition – Rs 11.71 lakh
Skoda Rapid Facelift 1.5 TDI AT Style – Rs 12.79 lakh
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