2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift has been launched and it retains the same qualities and become more impressive
One of few cars that work for Skoda in the country and brings mass volumes is the Skoda Rapid. The car launched in the year 2011 has been updated every single year. Just like its Volkswagen cousins. The Rapid is known for its value for money price tag along with Skoda/VW traits and characteristics that come along with it. Skoda continues to upgrade it and this time we see refreshing changes, last seen in the year 2014 after the main launch in the year 2011.
2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift Design and Dimensions
On the outside, we can see that the Skoda Rapid facelift features a redesigned grille. The headlights will be more inline with the Euro-spec version. This is now a trait with Skoda cars worldwide. The top-end variant seen here has sported projector headlights unit. The headlight change also includes a ‘black smoke’ effect. Same cluster of headlight, but that gets regular halogen bulbs.
The bonnet has been redesigned to host the logo and grille. There is a new crystalline design philosophy. There is chrome on at the front and rear bumper along with on the handles. There is LED DRL that make its way to the car.
Wheel base: 2552 mm
Ground clearance: 168 mm
Storage capacity: 460 litres
Kerb Weight 1145-1210 kgs
Tank Capacity: 55 litres.
2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift Interiors and Features
When it comes to the interior, everything largely remains the same when you compare it to the recent Volkswagen cars. Same 6.5 color touch screen unit as the recently refreshed Ameo and Polo. we can see there is a MirrorLink system with Bluetooth support, navigation and reverse camera display will be a part of this refresh variant. Apple Car play and Android Auto are part of this list. Rain sensing wipers.
One touch up and down power windows and cruise control are part of the feature list. Cooled glove box, flip frame cup holders and storage under the front armrest. 4 year package available which includes 1 lakh kilometer warranty. Only available Rs. 29,000. The Skoda MY app that was launched earlier last month is part with the Rapid Facelift
2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift Engine, Gearbox and Mileage
There is the similar DSG 7-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is mated to the 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine. We can see the 110 PS tune on the Rapid this time, thanks to a larger turbocharger, it increases its power output, The torque remains unchanged at 250 Nm. However the tuning will be different and power band will be tweaked for better responses throughout the range. Manual gearbox which is a 5-speed unit as always. Mileage for the 21.72 km/l for DSG diesel 21.13 km/l MT. 1.6 MPi returns 15.41 km/l. and 14.84 km/l.
2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Launch and Price
Launch happened in the month of November 2016. Price list is as below
1.6 MPi Rs. 8.35 Lakhs
1.6 MPi Rs. 9.26 Lakhs
1.6 MPi Rs. 10.44 Lakhs
1.6 Mpi AT Rs. 10.38 lakhs
1.6 Mpi AT Rs 11. 46 Lakhs
1.5 Tdi MT Rs. 9. 57 Lakhs
1.5 Tdi MT Rs. 10.49 Lakhs
1.5 Tdi MT Rs. 11.66 Lakhs
1.5 Tdi AT Rs. 11.71 Lakhs
1.5 Tdi AT Rs. 12.78 Lakhs
Prices are ex-showroom Maharashtra
2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift Safety Features
ABS and dual airbags is be standard on all variants of the car. hill hold, traction control and ESP will be available on the DSG equipped variants.
2017 Skoda Rapid Facelift Competition
Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Honda City, Hyundai Verna.