After launching the BS6 Skoda Rapid with a turbo-petrol engine and a manual gearbox earlier this year, the Czech automaker has opened its order books for the Rapid automatic that is slated for a launch next month.
1.0 TSI engine will soon gain a 6-speed torque-converter automatic.
Bookings for the Rapid AT are open against a deposit of Rs 25,000.
Claimed mileage of the upcoming Rapid automatic pegged at 16.24kpl.
2020 Skoda Rapid automatic: Bookings and launch details
Bookings for the Rapid AT have commenced at the company’s authorised dealerships as well as on the Skoda Auto India website, for a refundable deposit of Rs 25,000. A price announcement is expected in the coming days, with deliveries slated to start from September 18, 2020.
Commenting on the upcoming launch, Zac Hollis, brand director, Skoda Auto India said, “An overwhelming response from brand loyalists and auto enthusiasts from across the nation has obligated the Czech marque to push the yardstick further and introduce the convenience of an AT transmission across the Rapid TSI range, at a very competitive price point.”
2020 Skoda Rapid automatic: Engine and gearbox details
The Rapid automatic will be equipped with the same 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine as the manual version. At 110hp and 175Nm, power and torque figures will remain unchanged, but drive will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.
Skoda has also revealed that the Rapid automatic’s ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is pegged at 16.24kpl. The same 1.0 TSI engine delivers a claimed 18.97kpl with the manual gearbox. For reference, the erstwhile BS4-compliant, 105hp, 1.6 MPI petrol mill was good for only 14.84kpl when allied to a 6-speed auto gearbox.
2020 Skoda Rapid automatic: Price estimate and rivals
Skoda launched the BS6 Rapid manual earlier this year in five trim levels, with prices ranging from Rs 7.49-11.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India). However, due to high demand, it temporarily halted bookings for the entry-level Rider variant and also brought in a new Rider Plus trim at Rs 7.99 lakh.
Expect the Czech carmaker to introduce the Rapid auto at a premium of Rs 1-1.5 lakh over the manual version.
With the upcoming launch, the Skoda Rapid will be on a more even footing with its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Verna and the new Honda City, all of which are available with their own varieties of automatic transmissions.
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