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Facelifted Skoda Rapid spotted at dealer yard ahead of its launch

Facelifted Skoda Rapid spotted at dealer yard ahead of its launch
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Friday 28 October 2016, 18:49 PM

The Skoda Rapid facelift is yet to be officially revealed by the manufacturer and new pictures of the unmasked sedan reveal the car's new features. The upcoming sedan will be launched in India next week on November 3.

The latest iteration of the Rapid gets a cosmetic makeover, the changes being familiar to the current generation Octavia and Superb. The car’s fascia now gets the brand's characteristic front moustache grille and redesigned headlamps, which are complemented by the neatly placed fog lamps. The revised Rapid's cabin also gets minor changes to the dashboard, upholstery and the infotainment system with Mirrorlink.

On the powertrain front, the engine options for the updated Skoda Rapid will be carried over with some tweaks to the powertrains. This might include a retuned 1.6-litre petrol mill for better fuel efficiency. According to reports, the 1.5-litre diesel mill will also get a slight power increase, in addition to the increase in fuel economy. The five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission option will continue to be offered.

It was back in 2011 when Skoda launched the Rapid for the first time in India. Ever since then, the sedan has not undergone a major makeover, but this time will benefit from the much needed transformation. When launched, it will compete with the C-segment cars in India like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento.

 

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