New 2014 Skoda Rapid tech specs, features and prices: Live from Launch

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Skoda introduced its mid-size sedan, the Rapid in the year 2012 to fill the product gap between the Fabia and Octavia. But the Rapid did not receive any major updates ever since its introduction. So now, the Czech manufacturer will launch the refreshed variant of the Rapid today at an event in Delhi.

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The new 2014 Rapid will retain the 1.6-litre petrol engine that is found on the current generation Rapid. What’s new is the replacement of the 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 1.5-litre unit. Although the power output figures remain the same at 105 PS and 250Nm of torque, Skoda has added an option of a 7-speed automatic transmission in the diesel engine. Surprisingly, on paper, the automatic transmission diesel version churns out more miles to a gallon of fuel than the manual transmission variant.

Click here to read our review of the 2014 Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI DSG Transmission>>>

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Technical Details:

Technical Description1.6 MPI1.6 MPI (Auto)1.5 TDI1.5 TDI (Auto)
Engine TypeIn-line, liquid cooled, 16 valve, DOHCIn-line, liquid cooled, 16 valve, DOHCHigh pressure direct injection system, 16v DOHCVHigh pressure direct injection system, 16v DOHCV
Max Power/revs105@5250105@5250105@4400105@4400
Max Torque/revs153@3800153@3800250Nm between 1500-2500250Nm between 1500-2500
Fuel Consumption (Arai rated)15 kpl14.3 kpl21.14 kpl21.66 kpl
 TransmissionManual 5-speedAutomatic 6-speed with tiptronic manual gear changingManual 5-speed fully synchronized7-speed automatic
Front AxleMcPherson suspension  with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer
Rear AxleCompound link crank axle
Braking SystemHydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted
Front BrakesDisc brakes with inner cooling, with single piston floating caliper
Rear BrakesDrum Brakes
Steering SystemDirect rack and pinion steering with electro mechanic power assist
WheelsSteel Wheel 6.0Jx15” (Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus); Alloy Wheel 6.0Jx15” (Elegance)
Tyres186/60 R15 (Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus, Elegance)
Length (mm)4386
Width (mm)1699
Height (mm)1466
Wheelbase (mm)2552
Ground Clearance (mm)168
Storage Capacity (Litres)460
Tank Capacity (Litres)55
Turning Radius (Metres)10.6

1:59 PM

The stage is all set to unveil the new 2014 Skoda Rapid.


2:31 PM

The Skoda Rapid launch event begins as Skoda Auto India Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Rao addresses the journalist.


2:50 PM

The new Skoda Rapid revealed. The entry level variant is priced at Rs 722,230. Here is the complete price range:

EngineGearboxActiveAmbition+EleganceElegance Black Package
1.6 MPI/77kW (BS4)Manual722,230817,181872,017885,117
1.5 TDI/77kW (BS4)Manual838,772924,813974,324987,424

All prices Ex-showroom Delhi.

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In terms of exterior design, the new Skoda Rapid remains unchanged. But if you opt for the Black Edition Rapid, you would get a smoked out headlamps, fog lamps with black surrounds, black front grille, special 12 spoke black alloys and black ORVMs. Not much has changed on the inside as well. The Ambition Plus and Elegance variants get a cruise control.


DesignActiveAmbitionAmbition PlusElegance
Exterior Chrome Decor
Chrome trim on Radiator grilleYesYesYesYes
Chrome surround for radiator grilleNoYesYesYes
Interior Chrome Décor and colours
Chrome décor for interior door handlesYesYesYesYes
Chrome décor for front centre console, gearshift selector, locking button of hand brakeNoYesYesYes
Chrome trim on AC vents and duct slidersNoNoYesYes
Chrome trim on steering wheelNoNoNoYes
Ivory interior dual tone Mocca/Ivory front dashboard and door panels, Mocca Centre console, Ivory UpholsteryYesYesYesYes
Exterior colour coding
Body colour external mirrors and door handlesNoYesYesYes
Body colour bumpersYesYesYesYes
Gloss black décor on B-pillarYesYesYesYes
Halogen projector  headlights with manual levelingNoNoNoYes
Halogen Headlights with manual levelingYesYesYesNo
Front Fog LightsNoYesYesYes
Rear Fog LightsNoYesYesYes
High mounted LED Brake LampYesYesYesYes
Anti Glare interior rear view mirrorYesYesYesYes
Rear windscreen defogger with timerNoYesYesYes
ABSNoYes (With Automatic Transmission)YesYes
Brake AssistNoYes (With Auto)YesYes
Parking SensorNoNoYesYes
Front Driver side airbagNoYesYesYes
Front passenger air bagNoNoYesYes
Occupant Restraint
Height adjustable seat belts (Front)YesYesYesYes
Two three point outer seat belts and centre lap belt at rearYesYesYesYes
Height adjustable head restraint (Front and rear)YesYesYesYes
Rough road packageYesYesYesYes
Child proof rear door locking and windowsYesYesYesYes
Child proof rear window lockingNoNoYesYes
Speed warning alarmNoNoYesYes
Fuel cut-off in a crashNoYesYesYes
Door Open indicatorYesYesYesYes
Emergency triangle and dual tone hornYesYesYesYes
Engine immobilizer with floating code systemYesYesYesYes
Security code for audio playerNoNoYesYes
Remote control with foldable keyNoYesYesYes
Remote door and boot lid lock/unlockNoYesYesYes
Central Locking and unlocking of doors/boot lidYesYesYesYes
Remote opening/closing of windowsNoYesYesYes
Auto Door lockNoYesYesYes
Height adjustment for driver seatNoYesYesYes
Front / Rear centre armrestYesYesYesYes
Steering wheel adjustable for Rake and reachYesYesYesYes

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Interior equipment: 

EntertainmentActiveAmbitionAmbition PlusElegance
Skoda Audio Player (2-Din)NoNoYesYes
Large format displayNoNoYesYes
Front and rear speakersNoNoYesYes
After market audio preparation 1-Din+Cable+ConnectorYesYesNoNo
Audio controls on steering wheelNoNoYesYes
USB and Aux inputNoNoYesYes
SD/MMC card readerNoNoYesYes
Climate control
Manual A/CYesYesYesNo
Climatronic ACC with electronically regulated cabin temperatureNoNoNoYes
Dual rear A/c vents on rear centre consoleYesYesYesYes
Dust & Pollen filterYesYesYesYes
Ivory fabric upholsteryYesYesYesYes
Leather wrapped steering wheelNoNoYesYes
Leather wrapped gear shift  selectorNoNoYesYes
Leather wrapped hand brake leverNoNoYesYes
External Mirrors
Manually adjustable rear view mirrorsYesYesNoNo
Electronically adjustable rear view mirrorsNoNoYesYes
Front and rear power windowsYesYesYesYes
One touch Up/DownNoYesYesYes
Bounce back systemNoYesYesYes
Tinted windows and wind screenYesYesYesYes
Telephone Pre-installation
GSM telephone preparation with BluetoothNoNoYesYes
Telephone controls on SteeringNoNoYesYes
Bluetooth Audio streamingNoNoYesYes
Information Display
MFD Display for travelling time, distance travelled, average speed, immediate consumption, average consumption, distance to empty, service interval, outside temperature, clockNoNoYesYes
Gear change indicator (Diesel)YesYesYesYes
Cruise ControlNoNoYesYes
Interior Illumination
Reading lamp at the frontYesYesYesYes
Reading spot lamps at the rearYesYesYesYes
Boot lightYesYesYesYes
12v power socket  in centre consoleYesYesYesYes
Front sun visorsYesYesYesYes
Vanity mirror in left front sun visorYesYesYesYes
 Foldable roof handles Front/RearYesYesYesYes
Lights on acoustic signalYesYesYesYes
Remote boot releaseYesYesYesYes
Passenger compartment
Storage compartment in front and rear doorsYesYesYesYes
Bottle holder in front doorsYesYesYesYes
Cup holders Front/RearYesYesYesYes
Storage compartment  under front centre armrestYesYesYesYes
Storage pockets on the backrest of the front seatsNoNoNoYes
Magnetic card holderYesYesYesYes
Coat holder on B-pillar  and roof handlesYesYesYesYes
Black Package (Optional)O
Black shades with front fog lampsO
Black Shades on projector headlampsO
Black Alloy Wheels 15”O
Black colour outer rear view mirrorO
Black colour front grille including logo lipO


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*Black Roof and side mouldings are optional dealer level accessories.

 Variants and Colour Options: 

Variants                                                                    Engine
Trim1.6 MPI1.6 MPI (A)1.5 TDI CR1.5 TDI CR (A)
ActiveYes              –Yes             –
Ambition / Ambition PlusYesAmbition PlusYesYes
Brilliant SilverYesYesYesYes
Candy WhiteYesYesYesYes
Cappuccino BeigeYesYesYesYes
Deep Black PearlYesYesYesYes
Flash RedYesYesYesYes
Toffee Brown (New body colour)YesYesYesYes

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