Skoda is soon set to launch Volkswagen’s Vento challenger by Diwali this here. For its Indian market, however, this saloon car will go by the moniker of Rapid, which it has used many times now. The Rapid, built on a similar platform as Vento, will share many of its mechanical features with the VW Vento saloon. This includes even the engine.
As a result, the Rapid will feature the same diesel and petrol 1.6 liter engines, both delivering 105 bhp. However, keeping both the brand positions in mind, the manufacturer will price the Rapid slightly lower than the Vento. Skoda could also delete some of the features from the Rapid models equipment list.
Some sources from Skoda also claim that this Czech motor company could shock the market with an affordable Rapid version, which will be priced close to the price of Maruti SX4. This translates into an ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs.7 lakh approx. for the petrol version, while the diesel is priced at Rs. 7.80 lakh.
The design of Rapid is apparently based on the concept Vision D car which was recently previewed in Geneva. With simple yet bold lines, wider grille and crafted surfaces, the Rapid could outdo the Vento when it comes to style. The one Skoda attribute which will, however be missing is the hatch, which has been removed to keep down the cost.
The Rapid, will instead feature a conventional boot. It is also likely to feature Skoda’s new updated chrome black logo, which is more contemporary and stylish.