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The stunning Skoda Rapid soon in India

Last updated on: November 11, 2011 09:13 IST

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It's been a long time since Skoda launched a new car in India. But now, Skoda India is ready to introduce a luxury sedan, Rapid, to fill the void created by phased out Skoda Octavia.

Skoda Rapid will be officially launched in India on November 16 and so far the reports suggest that this new sedan has a lot of potential to beat its competitors in the segment.

Skoda Rapid, however, is very similar to its parent company's popular sedan Volkswagen Vento.

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It is supposedly a tradition that Skoda shares the platform of its cars with Volkswagen's cars and slips a car identical to one of VW's tagging it at a price less than the latter.

Rapid, being no exception shares its platform with Volkswagen Vento and looks astonishingly similar to it.

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The entity that makes Skoda Rapid a sheer luxury is the interior.

Skoda India has worked hard to make this sedan comfortable, stylish and chic, however the efforts seems to pale due to the similarities with its cousin Volkswagen Vento.

Skoda Rapid sports a light and dark beige coloured dash board together with the steering wheel that is a 4-spoke affair and comes with brilliant and soft chrome interleave on it.

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All the versions of Skoda Rapid will have telescopic adjustable steering wheel, which is decently wrapped with finest quality leather that in turn provides the driver a firm grip.

The sedan also has an instrumental panel with green back light accompanied by green needles and a tell-it-all computer in the centre, which includes DTE (Distance to Empty), clock, trip meters and digital fuel meter plus the centre console is positioned a little at an angle to help the driver to focus on it.

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Image: The tachometer.

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Skoda Rapid sedan also sports air conditioning vents, which can be easily shut or opened separately.

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Image: Front AC controls.

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Synchronising with Vento, the audio player along with the aftermarket radio unit will make driving experience much more enjoyable.

The music system with 4 speakers is just a treat to the ears.

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Image: The stereo.

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A single-zone climate control is present just below the music player, which is placed on the centre console, which has a chrome strip around it giving it a lavish feel.

The gear shifter on the Rapid automatic and the manual get a different gear stalk as compared to VW Vento.

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The large sized glove box with shutter is made from superior quality plastic.

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The light material from which the upholstery of the seats has been made is sophisticated and subtle and carried from Vento.

The driver's seat has some high points, such as the height adjustment with height adjusting centre arm rest, which also has a small storage area beneath it.

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Just like VW Vento, Skoda too has taken care of driver's comfort.

The front seats of Skoda Rapid are properly cushioned and are comfortable enough, while the back seats will come with foldable arm rest along with height adjustable headrests.

The rear will receive proper cooling as the AC vents are positioned at correct angle in the front.

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The new Skoda Rapid also has plenty of storage bin, which are appropriately distributed around the cabin area and door pads adorn bottle holders on the front as well as at the rear end.

Therefore, the interiors of the new Skoda Rapid are not only comfortable and calm but are also chic and stylish.

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Talk about the exteriors of Skoda Rapid sedan, and we have to mention Vento again.

When looking at Skoda Rapid at first, it certainly will remind you of Volkswagen Vento, particularly when viewing the side profile of the sedan.

Skoda India has worked its heart and soul to make this sedan look as sturdy and solid as it could.

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It comes with the exemplary nose along with widely stretched headlamps, which surely makes the car look more charming.

The chrome band is present across the centre grille with the emblematic Skoda slats colored in black positioned just beneath the band.

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Furthermore, Skoda Rapid also adorns a new pouted design bonnet accompanied with big fog lamps and front bumper slots in the air dams, which are properly, placed low and wide.

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Besides the new bonnet, Skoda Rapid runs on five-spoke alloy wheels (185/60 R15 Apollo Acelere tyres), which makes the ride more safe and stylish.

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The door, rear quarter glass and the glass area of Skoda Rapid looks copy pasted from VW Vento.

Adding subtlety to the car, the new tail lamps with C shaped glow on the brake lamps do full justice.

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The rear bumper is much more clean and elegant.

On the whole the exteriors of the Skoda Rapid sedan are strong, sturdy and rich in its own way, despite of the fact that it has resemblance with its cousin Volkswagen Vento.

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Skoda Rapid doesn't let down the consumers in terms of its engine capabilities which share their specifications with Vento.

The new Skoda Rapid comes with a very sturdy and powerful engine.

Skoda India will be offering Skoda Rapid sedan in both diesel as well as petrol variants.

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The diesel variant will sport 1.6 litre of TDi unit, which will churn out 105 PS of peak power together with 250 Nm of torque.

Even, the petrol guise runs on the Vento-ish 1.6 litre of MPI unit that will produce the same amount of power as of the diesel variant along with 153 Nm of torque.

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The show-stopper diesel variant of Skoda Rapid has a five-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol variant will have an elective option for the six-speed automatic gearbox along with the standard five speed manual gearbox.

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Skoda cars are famous for their safety features.

The new sedan comes with airbags for both the passenger and driver.

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Adding charm to the safety features are the height adjusting three point seat belts, high stop LED centre brake lights, ABS and brake assist and the engine immobiliser.

Skoda Rapid's price is still kept a secret.

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As per experts Rapid's starting price will be around Rs 670,000 going up to Rs 770,000 for the diesel variant.



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