It's been almost a month since Skoda Auto India launched the updated Rapid 1.0 TSI. Currently, the compact sedan is only offered in manual option and we have already driven the car. You can read the review here. However, Skoda had also promised us an automatic version of the new Rapid 1.0 TSI, and now, we have come to know that the car will be launched in September 2020. Skoda Auto India's Brand Director, Zac Hollis, revealed the launch details while answering Facebook user's query. We did reach out to Skoda Auto India for an official comment on this news, however, we were told that the launch date is still under review.
Answering the social media user's query regarding the launch date of the 2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Automatic, Hollis commented, "In September we will launch the automatic version of the new Rapid TSI. It's a torque converter box. More details nearer the time."
Now, the 2020 Skoda Rapid only comes with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol TSI engine, under the hood. The motor is tuned to make 108 bhp at 5250 rpm and 175 Nm at 1750-4000 rpm. The automatic option will get the same engine, and as Hollis confirmed, it will be mated to a torque converter automatic transmission, possibly the same 6-speed unit that does duty on the Volkswagen Vento 1.0 TSI. Other detail like variant options and add-on features will be revealed closer to the launch.
The Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI is offered in five variants - Rider, Ambition, Onyx, Style, and Monte Carlo. In terms of features, the car comes with a revised grille, LED projector headlamp with integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs), black ORVMs & a black roof (only Monte Carlo variant), trunk spoiler and LED taillamps. The top-end trim also gets a set of 16-inch Clubber-style dual-tone alloy wheels. The cabin, on the other hand, comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, flat-bottom steering wheel (only Monte Carlo variant), leather upholstery, and rear AC vents. Safety features include 4 airbags, ABS, cruise control, rearview camera and more. The car is currently priced in India at ₹ 7.49 lakh to ₹ 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India).