Skoda India will launch the updated Rapid on September 25 in the country. The vehicle gets subtle changes to both exteriors and interiors; however, the major change is given to the mechanics of the saloon. It gets the much-talked 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is basically a stripped down version of the 1.6-litre motor that powers the previous model.
The new Skoda Rapid facelift features the new 1.5-litre TDI motor that is capable of producing a top power output of 250Nm at 4400rpm and 150Nm of torque 1500-1500rpm. This engine is coupled to both five-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The gasoline version of the car is the same 1.6-litre engine producing 105bhp at 5250rpm and 153Nm of torque at 3800rpm. It is offered in both five-speed manual and six-speed automatic with tiptronic manual gear.
The new Skoda Rapid facelift will be offered in four trim levels- Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus and Elegance.
Active Trim: The base variant is now equipped with new 15-inch steel wheels instead of the 14-inch wheels offered in the previous model. There is a new magnetic card holder on the centre console to hold toll tickets. It is equipped with power windows, front and rear armrest, power steering, Chrome trim on radiator grille and door handles, body colour bumpers and gloss black decor on B-pillar, halogen headlights with manual leveling, high mounted LED brake lamp, after market audio preparation 1-DIN + cable + connector, manual air conditioning with rear AC vents, etc as standard.
Ambition Trim: It has all the features that are accessible in the base trim. Along with the standard features, this variant gets chrome surround for radiator grille, chrome garnish for front centre console, gearshift selector and locking button of hand brake, body coloured external mirrors and door handles, driver side height adjustment seat, etc. On safety front, this variant has fog lamps, rear windscreen defogger with timer, ABS and brake assist with automatic versions, driver side airbags, etc.
Ambition Plus: This variant is equipped with several added features such as rear parking sensors, cruise control, 2-DIN audio system with four speakers, AUX-in, USB and SD card support, power windows with anti-pinch and multi-functional steering wheel. Adding to it, this sedan gets dual SRS airbags and ABS.
Elegance Trim: Along with the standard features available in lower spec models, this variant gets several advanced features. It is equipped with automatic climate control, 15-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps and a Black package option. The optional package offers a sporty look to Rapid. It includes new black alloys, black grille and badge, blackened fog lamps and wing mirrors, black smoked headlamps with projectors, etc. Besides these changes, it has glossy black roof and black side foils.
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