2017 Skoda Rapid gets 16-inch alloy wheels, soft-touch boot release button and reversing camera; priced Rs.
35k over outgoing Style variant
Skoda India seems to have updated the Rapid sedan with new features according to a report emerged on the internet. The added items on the equipment list include 16-inch alloy wheels, soft-touch boot release button and reversing camera. These features will only be found on the top-spec Style model. It features standard equipment like LED Daytime Running Lights, projector headlamps, chrome trim on the multi-functional steering wheel with mounted controls and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity already.
Some other important elements offered in the range-topping variant are cooled glovebox, amber-glow foot well illumination, cruise control and automatic wipers up front. The Skoda Rapid is powered by a choice of petrol or a diesel engine. The 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 105 PS and 153 Nm of peak torque.
The 1.5-litre TDI oil-burner makes 110 PS and 250 Nm torque. Both the motors are connected to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, in the high-end versions, the petrol engine is mated to a six-speed automatic and the diesel variant is paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic. These range-topping versions also get HHC (Hill Hold Control) while ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is provided on the diesel automatic variant.
The entire range of Skoda Rapid has ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard while the braking duty is done by a disc up front and a drum unit at the rear. The addition of new features meant the Skoda Rapid isretailed at a premium of Rs. 35,000 over the outgoing Style variant reportedly.
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Late last year, Skoda upgraded the Rapid sedan with plenty of cosmetic changes and feature add-ons. The new features are now part of the 2017 updated package. Cappuccino Beige, Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Carbon Steel, Silk Blue and Flash Red are the colour schemes in which the Rapid is sold.