Škoda Rapid (2011)

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This article is about the 2011 Rapid model produced in India. For other versions, see Škoda Rapid.
Škoda Rapid
Skoda Rapid.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Škoda India
Production 2011–present
Assembly Pune, India
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A05 (PQ25) platform
Related Škoda Fabia Mk2
Volkswagen Vento (2010)
Volkswagen Polo Mk5
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,552 mm (100.5 in)
Length 4,386 mm (172.7 in)
Width 1,699 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,466 mm (57.7 in)
Curb weight 1,145–1,205 kg (2,524–2,657 lb)

The Škoda Rapid is a subcompact car produced by Škoda India, the subsidiary of the Czech manufacturer Škoda Auto, exclusively for the Indian market, introduced in November 2011. It features a similar front end design with the second generation of the Škoda Fabia,[1] but is not directly related to it, the Rapid being based on the newer PQ25 platform of the Volkswagen Group.[2]

Overview[edit]

In October 2011, Škoda resurrected the Rapid nameplate for its similar version of the Volkswagen Vento made in India, with sales starting in November.[3] The cars are similar, except for the grille, headlights, bumpers, taillights and some interior and exterior trim. The car is produced by Škoda Auto India Private Limited in Pune.

On the inside, the cabin is similar to its Volkswagen counterpart, apart from the Škoda family steering wheel, instrument panel, gearlever and audio system. The central console has vents, buttons and climate control adapted from VW; the audio system, with its large buttons and fonts, is designed by Škoda. The Rapid includes features such as an information center, driver assist, audio system with audio input for portable media players and SD/MMC data card reader, adjustable seats, headrests, armrests, tilt steering.[4]

The Rapid is available with a choice of petrol (manual or automatic transmission) and diesel engines.[5]

Engine Displacement Configuration Max. power Max. torque Top speed Acceleration 0–100 km/h
Petrol engine
1.6 MPI 1,598 cc I4 DOHC 16V 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) at 5250 rpm 153 N·m (113 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm 188 km/h (117 mph) 10.7 s
Diesel engine
1.6 TDI CR 1,598 cc I4 DOHC 16V 77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) at 4400 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) at 1500–2500 rpm 186 km/h (116 mph) 10.8 s

Reception[edit]

In December 2011, it was voted Family Car of the Year by the Indian edition Top Gear magazine.[6]

International version[edit]

Main article: Škoda Rapid (2012)

The European model of the Škoda Rapid is based on the Škoda MissionL concept car,[7] and was launched in 2012. It is, however, a different design, slightly longer, with different interiors, a slightly different body shape, and different engine options. It was shown in premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012, with sales beginning in Europe, including Russia, and in China in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skoda launches Rapid sedan". Sify.com. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Skoda Rapid - A detailed look". Zyglr.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Skoda launches Rapid sedan". Sify.com. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Skoda Rapid - A detailed look". Zyglr.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Technical specifications". Volkswagen India. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "ŠKODA Rapid voted "Family Car of the Year"". Skoda-auto.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Skoda Rapid sketches revealed". Auto Express. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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