Friday, November 18, 2011

Skoda Rapid rendered, priced at Rs 6.75 lakh

The Czech car manufacturer Skoda recently launched its much awaited mid sized sedan Skoda Rapid. The car comes with a wide range of both luxury and safety features and Skoda Rapid is price in India is between Rs 6.75 lakh to Rs 9.19 lakhs.Skoda Rapid is being developed at the Chakan plant in Chennai and it shares Volkswagen's Vento platform and aims to fill the gap between the compact Skoda Fabia and the luxury sedan Skoda Laura. Skoda is confident that Skoda Rapid will become its most selling car in India. Currently, Fabia is Skoda's most selling car in India selling about 1200 to 1500 units per month.
Rapid is launched in three models under names of Active, Ambition, and Elegance. All the three are available in both petrol and diesel variants.On November 16 Skoda Rapid was launched with great fanfare  and Skoda Rapid prices (ex-showroom Delhi)for each variant falls in the range of Rs 6.7 lakh for Rapid Active petrol and Rs 8.99 lakh for Rapid Elegance Auto. Now in the diesel section Rapid Active diesel is priced Rs 7.95 lakhs for Rapid Ambition diesel and goes up to Rs 9.19 lakhs for Rapid Elegance diesel.The petrol version of Rapid will compete against Honda City while its diesel version will pose a challenge for Hyundaii10.
Skoda Rapid is developed on Volkswagen Vento's platform and possesses certain same features due to component sharing and common manufacturing facility.Coming to the performance, according to the Skoda Rapid reviews, the petrol version of Skoda Rapid has a 1.6 L petrol that provides a peak power of 105 Bhp which is the same in case of diesel engine, but the peak torques of petrol and diesel engines are 160 Nm and 253 Nm respectively. Skoda Rapid has the 6-speed automatic gearbox to assist the 1.6 L petrol engine and a 5-speed manual gearbox.The Skoda Rapid pictures show that the sedan is loaded with Comfort features including power windows, power steering, steering mounted audio wheels, Bluetooth Voice control and power adjustable ORVMs, while the ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors, ELR seat Belts, Dual airbags, child locks and cruise control and so on. With all these features and a reasonable price tag, Skoda Rapid will surely give other sedans a run for their money.

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