2012 Skoda Rapid vs New 2017 Skoda Rapid
Based on the Volkswagen Vento, the Rapid has performed really well in the past in terms of sales but had been fast losing out to its more modern rivals. The new face lift should help the Skoda Rapid regain some lost ground.
Let us see a comparison between the all new 2017 Skoda Rapid with the older model of this car that was on sale in India. Read on to know more about the comparison and find out what is new.
New vs Old
External Features – This is the first major upgrade for the Volkwagen Vento based Skoda Rapid. Upon the first look, the new Rapid’s face appears sharper and more in line with the European spec of the Skoda Fabia and Rapid. Most of the upgrades are focused up front, where it comes with a wider ‘butterfly’ like grille that is flanked by angular head lights (projector head lights and small LED DRLs are available in top models), and a cleaner bumper look with new fog lamps encased in a single, bumper wide intake. Changes to the side profile of the car are limited to the relocated turn indicators on the ORVMs and upgraded alloy wheel designs, while the rear profile features a slightly stepped bumper and a classy shark fin antenna.
Interiors – Stepping inside the car, you will find that the new Rapid does not come with much significant changes. The design of the dashboard, the steering wheel and all others has been carried over from the earlier model of the Rapid. There are new additions in terms of features which include a touch screen AVN. The shade of the upholstery is now a little darker than before. The interiors of the Rapid, like the tail part are identical to that of the Volkswagen Vento. The steering wheel, however, is of the conventional circular shape, unlike the Vento’s flat bottomed one. In the new Rapid, the top of the dashboard is darker and not light like the earlier model.
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Engine and gearbox – Another notable change in the all new Skoda Rapid is under its hood where the updated 1.5 litre TDI engine is present like the Volkswagen Ameo, which generates a slightly higher 110 PS output and 250 Nm of peak torque. Like the outgoing model of the Rapid, the diesel version can be equipped with a 5 speed manual or 7 speed DSG gear box. The petrol variant with a 1.6 litre four cylinder MPI petrol engine will continue to be on sale, which is connected with a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission. Skoda will launch the new Rapid face lift edition in India on November 3. Its launch should help Skoda regain its lost market share and the launch of the new Rapid is an important part of that.