Skoda To Pull The Plug On Rapid Diesel

  • May 22, 2019

Czech carmaker Skoda has decided to discontinue the diesel version of the Skoda Rapid midsized sedan in India. The company has no plans to upgrade the 1.5-litre engine to meet the upcoming BS-VI emission standards which is set to be implemented from 1 April next year.

Skoda India director (sales, service, and marketing) Zac Hollis informed the media that the 1.5-litre diesel motor will now be replaced by a more efficient 1.0-litre turbocharged straight injection (TSI) petrol unit. The latter returns a much better mileage. He admitted that the Skoda diesel was criticised for its low fuel efficiency.

German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is likely to follow suit by discontinuing the 1.5-litre diesel cars of Ameo, Vento, and Polo.

The 1.0-litre TSI engine can output a maximum power of 115PS. It also comes in lower power outputs of 95PS or 85PS in the overseas market. The Rapid 1.0-litre TSI will be available both in the manual and the direct-shift gearbox (DSG) automatic dual-clutch transmission.

The current 1.6-litre Skoda petrol model produces 105PS maximum power. The motor is mated to either a 5-speed manual gear system or a 6-speed automatic torque converter transmission. The 1.0-litre petrol engine which is expected to haul the new Skoda Rapid would output more power than the current 1.6 multipoint injector (MPI) motor.

Skoda is also offering the 1.0-litre TSI engine in the global markets with CNG option. The company has already hinted that it may introduce the CNG kit in all its cars. Now with the curtains down on the Rapid diesel, the Mlada Boleslav-headquartered company may introduce the CNG option with the 1.0-litre TSI engine.

The Skoda Rapid with the 1.0-litre TSI-powered engine is expected to be more expensive compared to the outgoing model with the 1.6-litre MPI engine. The Active, with an 1.6-litre manual transmission engine, is the most affordable model in the Rapid series and commands an ex-showroom price of INR1.6 lakh.


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