Skoda India has launched the Rapid TSI petrol with an automatic gearbox. This new powertrain option is available at a price ranging from Rs. 9.49 lakh to Rs. 13.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Skoda Rapid sedan received a major mechanical update earlier this year when the Czech carmaker plonked its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine under its hood. This new engine was widely appreciated for its punchy power delivery. However, it was available with a solitary manual gearbox. As a result, demand for the Rapid TSI Automatic was high for quite a while now.
Skoda has now decided to serve this demand. The company has mated a 6-speed torque converter with the 1.0 TSI petrol engine. This powertrain is capable of putting out 110 PS and 175 Nm of peak torque. Hence, the power figures are similar to what is seen on the manual variants. It is worth noting that the same engine-gearbox combination is already available with the Volkswagen Polo and Vento.
In the fuel efficiency department, the Rapid petrol automatic gets a respectable figure of 16.24 km/l. Meanwhile, the same engine with a manual gearbox is capable of getting a mileage of 18.97 km/l.
The Skoda Rapid TSI Automatic will compete against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Vento.
Skoda Rapid TSI Price List – Manual vs Automatic
|Rider Plus||7.99 lakh||9.49 lakh|
|Ambition||9.99 lakh||11.29 lakh|
|Onyx||10.19 lakh||11.49 lakh|
|Style||11.49 lakh||12.99 lakh|
|Monte Carlo||11.79 lakh||13.29 lakh|