Prices of the 2016 Skoda Rapid facelift petrol and diesel fall between Rs 8.27 lakh – Rs 11.36 lakh and Rs 9.48 – 12.67 lakh (ex, Delhi) respectively.
November 3, 2016 – New Skoda Rapid 2016 facelift has been rolled out in India at a starting price of Rs 8.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The saloon’s updated model comes with a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. One can pre-book the car by paying sum of Rs 1 lakh. Talking about cosmetic upgrades, the facelifted model receives a wider honeycomb grille, flanked by angular headlamps and new bumper and new alloys. Inside the cabin, there is a touchscreen infotainment system with the MirrorLink with Bluetooth, GPS navigation and reversing camera.
Unlike the previous model, the 2016 Skoda Rapid is being produced with a high level of localisation. The facelifted model might also receive an updated 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine that has been borrowed from the recently-launched VW Ameo diesel and the upcoming 2016 Volkswagen Vento. The latter one is slated to be launched towards the end of this year. Since Skoda won’t have any new product this year, the Rapid facelift is an important launch for the brand.
New Skoda Rapid 2016 Facelift – Video
Here’s everything we know about the New Skoda Rapid 2016 facelift –
|Variant||Price (Ex-showroom, Maharashtra)|
|1.6 MPI Active MT||Rs 8.34 lakh|
|1.6 MPI Ambition MT||Rs 9.26 lakh|
|1.5 TDI Active MT||Rs 9.57 lakh|
|1.6 MPI Ambition AT||Rs 10.38 lakh|
|1.6 MPI Style MT||Rs 10.44 lakh|
|1.5 TDI Ambition MT||Rs 10.49 lakh|
|1.6 MPI Style AT||Rs 11.46 lakh|
|1.5 TDI Style MT||Rs 11.66 lakh|
|1.5 TDI Ambition AT||Rs 11.71 lakh|
|1.5 TDI Style AT||Rs 12.78 lakh|
Despite several changes, a more powerful diesel powertrain and more features on offer, the 2016 Skoda Rapid facelift is priced almost similar to the old model. The updated model is available within price range of Rs 8.27 lakh – Rs 12.67 lakh, while the old model was priced between Rs 8 lakh – Rs 12.2 lakh. Aformentioned prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Though the cosmetic changes on the 2016 Skoda Rapid facelift are minimal, it looks quite refreshing. The updated model of the saloon based on new ‘crystalline design’ language that we have already seen on other new age Skoda cars including the Superb and the Octavia. Wearing a new grille and Quartz cut headlamps, the fascia of the car appears quite aggressive. Expected to look quite identical to the European Rapid, the facelifed India-spec model also gets newly-designed bumpers and sculpted bonnet. The vehicle’s side and rear profiles, however, remain largely similar to the previous model.
The overall interior design and shape of the Skoda Rapid 2016 are more or less similar to the old version. Though, it receives an Android-supported new touchscreen MirroLink system, a reverse parking camera, new dual-tone upholstery, perforated seats, tilt and telescopic steering, automatic wipers and auto day/night internal rear view mirror. The MirrorLink system with android and parking camera support is already available on the Volkswagen Vento – the car that shares its underpinnings with the Skoda Rapid. Everything else remains unchanged.
|Engine||Max Power||Max Torque|
|1.5-litre TDI Diesel||108bhp at 4400rpm||250Nm at 1500-2500rpm|
|1.6-litre MPI Petrol||103.5bhp at 5250rpm||153Nm at 3800rpm|
As mentioned earlier, the Skoda Rapid 2016’s 1.5-litre TDI diesel motor has been updated for achieving higher power output. The company has installed a bigger turbocharger in the engine to make it more powerful. As against the old engine’s 103bhp maximum power, the upgraded engine delivers 108bhp of peak power output. The same mill also powers the Volkswagen Ameo diesel. The torque output of the engine, however, remain unchanged at 250Nm.
No changes have been made to the 1.6-litre petrol engine of the car, as it continues to offer 103bhp at 5250rpm and 153Nm at 3800rpm. While the petrol mill comes with a choice of a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes, the diesel mill gets a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
|Petrol||15.41kmpl (MT) & 14.84kmpl (AT)|
|Diesel||21.13kmpl (MT) & 21.72kmpl (AT)|
While on one side the Skoda Rapid 1.5-litre TDI diesel model becomes more powerful, it’s also high on fuel efficiency. The diesel mill, in its old form, gives 21.14kmpl and the new model returns around 21.13kmpl (MT) & 21.72kmpl (AT) with the updated engine. On the flip side, the petrol model continues to offer 15.41kmpl (MT) & 14.84kmpl (AT).
Quartz cut headlamps
Wider grille with a chrome outline
Revised bumper with black cladding
Trapezoidal fog lamps
Rain sensing wipers
Dual-tone seat upholstery
MirrorLink touchscreen infotainment system with AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity & navigation
ABS and dual front airbags (standard)