For Skoda India, the Rapid has essentially been their bread-and-butter model. It is easily the Czech brand’s most affordable car, but at the same time, also one of their best. While it may have a lot in common with the Volkswagen Vento (on which it is based), the Skoda Rapid has witnessed a superb rise in sales over the past year or so. In all, there are six variants of the Rapid on sale – Rider, Rider Plus, Ambition, Onyx, Style, and Monte Carlo. The Skoda Rapid costs between Rs 7.79 Lakh and Rs 13.29 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Among these, the entry-level Rider variant is perhaps the most popular, while the higher Onyx and Monte Carlo trims attract those who want a little more style (and a classier nameplate). In order to keep future buyers satisfied, Skoda has now endowed the Onyx and Monte Carlo variants with a few exterior and interior updates. The lower Onyx variant of the Rapid gets some shiny bits on the outside such as chrome surrounds for the front grille, a partial front-lip spoiler painted in silver, glossy silver housing for the door mirrors, a silver strip along the sides, gloss black alloy wheels, and a silver roof.
As for the range-topping Monte Carlo, its exterior features sportier-looking all-black alloy wheels, a black boot-lip spoiler, and an all-black rear diffuser. Moreover, the Rapid Monte Carlo variant comes with a contrasty black roof, along with gloss black wing-mirror covers and partial front spoilers. Aside from these minor additions, though, the rest of the sedan remains unaltered. In terms of what Skoda has changed on the inside, well… Not a whole lot. However, the Onyx variant does get black & silver dual-tone seat upholstery to match the exterior.
Some of the features in the Skoda Rapid include keyless entry with push-button start, a flat-bottom steering wheel, automatic climate control, electrically operated & auto-folding door mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors, anti-lock brakes, and dual front airbags. All variants of the Skoda Rapid in India are powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that sends 109hp and 175Nm of torque to the front wheels. Customers have the option of choosing between either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Skoda has been working for a while on a CNG variant of the Rapid for our market. However, while it will very likely reach showrooms – when that might actually happen, remains a bit of a mystery. In the meantime, the automaker has postponed the launch of the all-new 2021 Octavia as Covid-19 continues to ravage Maharashtra. Models such as the Kushaq and Kodiaq SUVs are inbound as well, though it is uncertain as to how much the current situation will affect their arrival.