Skoda Auto India, the local subsidiary of the Czech auto manufacturer that is owned by the VW Group, has finally commenced the bookings of the automatic variant of the Skoda Rapid. The interested may book the new variant of the company’s most affordable offering against a booking amount of Rs 25,000, which is refundable in case one cancels the booking. One can make a booking either at an authorised dealership or online on the Skoda Auto India website- www.buyskodaonline.co.in/.
Those who book the upcoming Skoda Rapid AT now can get the delivery of the vehicle starting from 18 September 2020. Powering the new Skoda Rapid AT is the same 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that powers the manual variant. Featuring the TSI technology, this low-capacity turbocharged petrol engine displaces 999cc and puts out a very healthy output of 110 PS (81 kW) of maximum power at 5000 – 5500 rpm and 175 Nm of peak torque from 1750 to 4000 rpm. The new model also offers reasonable fuel efficiency of 16.24 kmpl. The motor comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Unlike the BS4 model, the BS6 Rapid doesn’t get an option of a DSG automatic transmission.
As compared to the 1.6-litre MPi petrol engine of the BS4 model, the new Skoda Rapid offers a power advantage of 5 percent and a torque upsurge of 14 percent. Moreover, the new Skoda Rapid offers a 9 percent gain in fuel efficiency as compared to the previous engine. As per the company claims, the Skoda Rapid AT offers higher refinement, efficiency as well as performance.
Speaking on the commencement of the bookings, Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said: “ŠKODA AUTO India recently introduced the new RAPID TSI range of products that now boasts state of the art 1.0 Turbocharged Stratified Injection engine offering the best of both worlds: exceptional power output and excellent fuel economy. An overwhelming response from brand loyalists and auto enthusiasts from across the nation has obligated the Czech marque to push the yardstick further and introduce the convenience of an AT transmission across the RAPID TSI range, at a very competitive price point.”
“The new RAPID AT will offer a compelling combination of the brand’s timeless design ideals, unmatched performance, superior build quality, exemplary ‘value for money’ proposition, and enhanced safety and security. It is deemed to be the best seller in its class, setting the benchmark for functionality, practicality, spaciousness, and convenience.”