Skoda has opened bookings for the Rapid 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. Booking amount is Rs. 50,000, which is completely refundable. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine is the only BS6 engine option as the car will no longer have 1.5-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engines.
The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine will reportedly make 115PS of power and 200Nm. That makes it the torquiest petrol car in the compact sedan segment. As you know, the 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift with 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine has only 172Nm of torque. The Rapid with the turbo petrol engine will come with the option of a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Here’s a walkaround video of the Skoda Rapid 1.0-litre petrol from the Auto Expo 2020:
There was also a factory matte black colour option displayed at the auto expo. Skoda had hinted that the sporty colour option could be made available with the BS6 Rapid if there’s enough demand for it. We don’t have an official word from Skoda if the matte black colour will be available with the BS6 Rapid turbo or not.
Deliveries of the 2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0-litre turbo will commence on April 14, 2020. The Rapid and Volkswagen Vento are both based on the same platform. VW Group seems to be stretching this car for far longer than it needs to. A typical upgrade cycle is around 3-3.5 years - as in, every 3 years or so, a car gets a facelift and in another 3-3.5 years, it gets a generation change. Since the Rapid was launched in India, the Hyundai Verna has received 3 updates - 2 of which were generation changes - and is ready to get its fourth refresh. In this cut-throat market, sedans have become a dying breed. The lack of serious attention from the manufacturers towards competent sedans like the Rapid and Vento can seal their fate forever.
The Skoda Rapid will compete with other compact sedans like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Toyota Yaris.