Skoda Auto India has launched a new variant of the RAPID TSI. Dubbed as the Skoda Rapid Rider Plus, the new variant is available at an introductory ex-showroom price of INR 7.99 Lakh nationwide taking forward the ‘One Nation, One Price’ philosophy.
The new Skoda Auto offering exhibits a perfect blend of the brand’s timeless design ideals, unbending performance, superior build quality, exemplary ‘value for money’ proposition, and enhanced safety and security.
The Rapid Rider Plus sports a modern crystalline appearance synonymous with the brand’s signature design language and legacy. The distinctive black and silver design elements underline the Rapid Rider Plus’s assertive and dynamic appearance.
The black facade of the Skoda signature grille is perfectly complemented by decorative side foils, glossy black décor on the B pillars, complementary trunk lip garnish as well as the tasteful new window chrome garnish.
The Rapid Rider Plus will be available in four colour options, Candy White, Carbon Steel, Brilliant Silver and Toffee Brown.
The all-new dual-tone ebony sand interior, with premium ivory slate upholstery, is a befitting combination of the Czech heritage and modern technology. The stainless steel scuff plates with ‘RAPID’ inscription further add to the captivating aesthetics.
‘Drive’ – the new 6.5-inch colour touchscreen central infotainment system in the Skoda Rapid Rider Plus. It comes equipped with SmartLink technology which will help one control selected apps like navigation straight on the infotainment screen and ensure seamless connectivity with a smartphone to keep one connected on the go, while also supporting USB/Aux-in/Bluetooth options. All the installed applications are certified as safe for vehicles and are compatible with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The plethora of features doesn’t end here. The revolutionary Climatronic technology along with dust and pollen filter, adjustable dual rear AC vents, 12 V power socket in front and rear centre console, height and length adjustable multifunction steering wheel, adjustable headrests, foldable armrests, central locking system with remote control, multi-functional display, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ storage solutions, etc. make the Rapid Rider Plus even more compelling.
At the heart of the Skoda Rapid Rider Plus is an incredible new TSI mill. Displacing 999 cm3, the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol engine fosters an astounding 110 PS (81 kW) of power and 175 Nm of torque. The state of the art drivetrain has been tuned to offer refinement and sets the yardstick in its segment.
. The new Rider Plus, with the six-speed manual transmission, offers 18.97 kmpl under standard test conditions. When compared with the outgoing 1.6 MPI engine, the new Skoda Rapid Rider Plus offers a 5% upsurge in power and a 14% rise in torque output. At the same time, the new Rapid Rider Plus offers a 23% increase in fuel efficiency against the previous motor. The new Rider Plus is calibrated for refinement, efficiency as well as performance, and perfectly fits the urbane lifestyle of the Skoda Auto patrons.
At Skoda, safety is a priority and not an option. Which is why Skoda Auto offers essential safety features like dual airbags and anti-lock braking system as standard across its product portfolio.
The safety and security equipment on the Rapid Rider Plus includes a wide range of features, such as the Parktronic rear parking sensors, anti-glare interior rearview mirror, rear windscreen defogger with timer, height-adjustable three-point seatbelts at the front, rough road package, fuel supply cut off in a crash, and engine immobilizer with a floating code system.
The Skoda Shield Plus ensures 6 years of hassle-free ownership experience and utmost ‘PEACE OF MIND’. It incorporates motor insurance, 24 x 7 roadside assistance, and an extended warranty. Skoda Auto had previously introduced India’s first 4-year service care programme (4-year warranty, 4-year roadside assistance, and an optional 4-year maintenance package).