Skoda Rapid 2014 model sports projector headlamps and multi-function steering wheel

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The Indian subsidiary of Skoda Autos has silently introduced a a range of updates for its highest selling model- the Skoda Rapid.

The 2014 Skoda Rapid is available in only two variants- Ambition Plus and Elegance. Also available will be the ‘Leisure’ limited edition model, which was launched sometime back and misses out on the recent updates that the Rapid has been bestowed with. The Active Plus variant has now been discontinued.

The 2014 Skoda Rapid Ambition Plus variant comes equipped with features such as dual front airbags, ABS, a music system with MP3, USB, Aux-in, SD card reader and Bluetooth telephone connectivity. The car also gets steering mounted audio controls. There also is a ‘leather package’, which consists of stuff like leather cover for gearlever, seats and steering wheel.

In addition to all these features, the 2014 Skoda Rapid Elegance also gets projector headlights.

The prices for the Rapid now start at INR 8.24 lakhs (ex-Showroom, Mumbai).

Click here to read our Skoda Rapid first drive review

Mechanically, the car remains unchanged and comes with two engine options-  a 1.6-liter MPI petrol with max power of 105 PS and peak torque of 153 Nm and a 1.6-liter diesel engine with max power of 105 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. While the diesel engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, the petrol engine variant can be had with either a 5 speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Skoda Rapid Specifications : –

  • Engine: 1598 cc, MPI 16V DOHC (P); 1598 cc, turbocharged, high pressure direct injection,16V DOHC (D)
  • Power: 105 Bhp @ 5250 RPM (P), 105 BHP @ 4400 RPM (D)
  • Torque: 153 Nm @ 3800 RPM (P), 250 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 RPM (D)
  • 0 – 100 kmph – 10.7 seconds (P), 10.8 seconds (D), 12.4 seconds (P AT)
  • Top speed – 188 kmph (P), 186 kmph (D), 183 kmph (P AT)
  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual, 6-Speed Auto (option in petrol Ambition and Elegance)
  • Suspension: Mcpherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser (Front), compound link crank axle (Rear)
  • Tires: 185/60/15 Tubeless Radials
  • Brakes: Dual rate brake assist, ABS
  • Safety: ABS, Dual SRS Airbags, Engine immobilizer
  • Dimensions: Overall length*width*height: 4386 mm*1699 mm*1466 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2552 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 168 mm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 55 liters
  • Turning radius – 5.3 meters
  • Gross Weight: 1145 kgs (P), 1205 (D)

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