Launched in 2011, the Fabia-based Skoda Rapid’s styling has largely remained unchanged, till now. Meanwhile Skoda’s designs have become sharper, so the current Rapid feels a little outdated, especially when sat alongside its siblings. But Skoda India’s plans to update the midsize saloon with better styling will address to that. The car will be launched on November 3, the company has confirmed, while dealer level bookings are also reported to have begun.
Early test mules had the headlamps covered (it’s the front where the major change is happening) but the recent ones show a fascia similar to that of the new Fabia (not available in India). Needless to say it’s likeable, and more inline with the company’s current design.
Sharing almost everything other than the badge (and the 1.2-litre TSI engine) with the Volkswagen Vento, the Rapid will also get an updated version of the 1.5-litre diesel engine, introduced in the Ameo. The locally assembled unit makes slightly more power, at 108 bhp, thanks to a new, larger turbocharger. The 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine is expected to continue as well.
The current Skoda Rapid is priced at Rs 8.02 lakh onwards, and we expect the Rapid facelift’s base price to be in the same ballpark. The rest we’ll find out on November 3.
[Note: Image of the Skoda Fabia used for representation only]