Skoda will launch the BS6 version of its best seller Rapid in April 2020. The same has been confirmed by Zac Hollis, Director of Sales and Marketing, Skoda Auto India. The current 1.6 litre MPI engine will be replaced with a new 1.0 litre 3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. In addition to this, Skoda will also discontinue the existing diesel engine on the Rapid.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The BS6 Skoda Rapid will now come with a new 1.0 litre 3 cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox. As the upcoming emission norms come closer, Skoda has announced that it will phase out the 1.5 litre diesel engine, which it also shares with its parent company, Volkswagen. The new petrol mill is based on the EA211 series and is available in two configurations: 94 bhp/160 Nm and 115 bhp/200 Nm. The India spec Rapid is expected to get the latter one. Later, Volkswagen might use the engine in Polo and Vento.
Skoda has many new launches lined up for 2020. It includes the Karoq SUV in April, a limited edition Octavia RS245, facelift of Superb and the Kodiaq SUV with a petrol engine. The all new version of the Rapid as well as an all new midsize SUV will be launched by late 2021.
The BS 6 Rapid will rival Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris.
Before its launch in April, Skoda will likely showcase the Rapid in the 2020 Auto Expo to be held in Delhi.
The present prices of Skoda Rapid starts from Rs. 8.62 Lakh and goes all the way to Rs. 14.26 Lakh. We can expect a slight premium for the BS6 models over the existing model, i.e., it will be in the range of Rs. 9 Lakh. At present, the mid sized sedan is available in 18 variants:
1.6 MPI MT ACTIVE: Rs. 8.82 Lakh
ONYX 1.6 MPI MT: Rs. 9.76 Lakh
1.6 MPI MT AMBITION: Rs. 9.99 Lakh
1.5 MT TDI ACTIVE: Rs. 10.06 Lakh
ONYX 1.6 MPI AT: Rs. 11.00 Lakh
1.6 MPI MT STYLE: Rs. 11.16 Lakh
1.5 TDI MT AMBITION: Rs. 11.30 Lakh
1.6 MPI AT AMBITION: Rs. 11.36 Lakh
MONTE CARLO 1.6 MPI: Rs. 11.40 Lakh
ONYX 1.5 TDI MT: Rs. 11.59 Lakh
1.6 MPI AT STYLE: Rs. 12.44 Lakh
1.5 TDI AT AMBITION: Rs. 12.50 Lakh
MONTE CARLO 1.6 MPI AT: Rs. 12.69 Lakh
ONYX 1.5 TDI AT: Rs. 12.74 Lakh
1.5 TDI MT STYLE: Rs. 12.74 Lakh
SPORTY EDITION 1.5 TDI MT: Rs. 13.00 Lakh
1.5 TDI AT STYLE: Rs. 14.00 Lakh
SPORTY EDITION 1.5 TDI AT: Rs. 14.26 Lakh
Due to the ongoing stock clearance of the BS 4 stocks, you can get a good discount on some of the variants. Also, if you intend to buy the diesel version of the Rapid, it’s the best time to grab one, as the upcoming model would not get a diesel engine.
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