Friday, September 26, 2014
By Kriti Gupta
New Skoda Rapid launched to revolutionize C segment sedans
ŠKODA AUTO India has introduced the new Rapid with new 7 speed DSG automatic transmission and a powerful 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine. With superior build quality and exclusive features tailor made for the Indian market, the Rapid model range will start at Rs. 7.2 lakhs (Petrol) ex showroom Delhi. The Rapid is ideal for the Indian roads with an attractive design, ample space, excellent safety equipment and modern proven technology. The new Rapid will be available across all authorized showrooms in the country.
Mr. Sudhir Rao, Chairman and Managing Director ŠKODA Auto India said, “The newly launched Rapid reflects our commitment to introduce innovative products of global standards in India. It is a comfortable car for the family with an elegant design, ensuring an efficient and an extremely safe drive. The DSG transmission further accentuates the dynamic driving pleasure of the Rapid. We have very ambitious long term plans for the Indian market; the Rapid along with our renewed focus on ownership experience will form the cornerstone of our future strategy.” ŠKODA’s unique automatic dual-clutch DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission is composed of two transmission structures. This dual-clutch gearbox offers the function of two manual gearboxes in one; by contrast, it uses two dry clutches, but has no clutch pedal. Both clutches are actuated by the automated control system depending on the selected gear. Thanks to its very rapid shifting it enables you to achieve excellent acceleration while operating in the optimum mode and also being extremely fuel efficient.
Excellent Safety and comfort features: Numerous electronic safety systems enhance the ŠKODA Rapid’s safety. The Rapid comes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBC (Engine Braking Control), dual rate brake assist, height adjustable head restraints at front and rear, driver and front passenger airbags. Additionally, the fuel supply cuts off in the event of an accident. Visibility is further enhanced with its projector head lamps (manual levelling). The Rapid comes with an electronic theft deterrence module that includes engine immobiliser with floating code system and security code for audio player. Along with comfort opening and closing of all windows, the unique anti-pinch system ensures your family is well protected. The climatronic air conditioning system ensures that the customer can set the optimum temperature within the cabin. The new Rapid has adjustable dual rear air conditioning vents on rear centre console for better air distribution. The new Rapid also flaunts a comprehensive entertainment suite that includes a 2-DIN ŠKODA audio player, large format display, front and rear speakers, audio and phone controls on steering wheel, USB and Auxiliary audio input for portable media players as well as the SD/MMC data card reader. The Radio can be remotely controlled from the phone App “Škoda Remote” available for iOS as well as for Android phones. The Rapid offers new generation rear parking sensors as a driver aid. For the first time, it will also give drivers the option of the cruise control that assures the optimal driving comfort along with the best fuel efficiency.