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Skoda Rapid Automatic Variants Revealed; Only The Base-spec Rider Variant Given A Miss

Modified On Aug 28, 2020 12:48 PM By Rohit for Skoda Rapid

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The 6-speed AT gearbox will be offered from the second-to-base Rider Plus variant of the Rapid

  • Bookings for the Rapid AT are open for Rs 25,000.

  • The Rapid AT will be available in five variants: Rider Plus, Ambition, Onyx, Style and Monte Carlo.

  • It will be powered by the new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit (110PS/175Nm) seen on the manual variants.

  • The quick shifting 7-speed DSG available will not be offered with the new petrol engine.

  • The Rapid AT is expected to be launched by mid-September.

We recently reported that Skoda had started accepting bookings for the automatic variants of the Rapid for Rs 25,000. The carmaker has now revealed that a 6-speed AT gearbox will be offered on all variants except the entry-spec Rider variant.

Variants

Rapid Manual Price

Rider

Rs 7.49 lakh

Rider Plus

Rs 7.99 lakh

Ambition

Rs 9.99 lakh

Onyx

Rs 10.19 lakh

Style

Rs 11.49 lakh

Monte Carlo

Rs 11.79 lakh

All prices, ex-showroom

With the introduction of the automatic gearbox, the Rapid AT is expected to command a premium of around Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh over the manual variants as seen on its Volkswagen counterpart, the Vento.

Like the Vento, the automatic variants of the Rapid will be powered by the new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that churns out 110PS and 175Nm. Skoda offers the same engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well. While the manual variants have a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 18.97kmpl, the automatic variants return 16.24kmpl. The old 1.6-litre petrol was also offered with a 6-speed torque converter. The previously-offered 1.5-litre diesel engine came with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Among its rivals, only the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento are offered with a 4-speed and 6-speed torque converter unit respectively, while the rest get a CVT gearbox. The Hyundai Verna Turbo is the only compact sedan to feature a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic.

Skoda has also revealed the colour options that will be offered with the automatic variants of the sedan:

Variant

Colours

Rider Plus

Silver, white, grey and brown

Ambition

Silver, white, grey and brown

Onyx

White and blue

Style

Silver, white, grey and brown

Monte Carlo

Silver, white and red

In terms of changes, Skoda will offer different designs for the alloy wheels depending on the variant chosen. Apart from that, the feature list and the design of the Rapid AT will remain identical to that of the manual variants as this is just a mechanical change.

Skoda is set to launch the Rapid AT in mid-September. It will continue to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, and Volkswagen Vento.

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