Skoda has reintroduced the Skoda Rapid Rider with a price tag of Rs.7.79 Lakh while again making it the most affordable mid-size sedan in India. Earlier, the Czech carmaker discontinued the same variant just because of the overwhelming response to this base variant. Apart from this, the Rider variant had such a huge fanbase that the demand even exceeded the production capacity to a larger extent.
- Skoda has launched the all-new Skoda Rapid Rider in India.
- It comes with a price tag of Rs.7.79 Lakh and is now the most affordable mid-size sedan in India.
- The Rider variant is now costlier by Rs.30,000 when compared to the outgoing variant.
The base variant of the Skoda Rapid continues to offer a telescopic steering wheel (adjustable for both reach as well as rake), climate control, power windows for the rear seat, power-adjustable ORVMs, rear defogger, central locking and a double din music system. Further, this music system supports AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Apart from this, the Skoda Rapid Rider now costs Rs.30,000 more when compared to the outgoing one.
Mechanically, the reintroduced Skoda Rapid Rider remains similar to the outgoing one. Right now, it is available with the same 1.0L turbocharged petrol engine while being mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Further, this motor can churn out a massive 110HP alongside a peak torque of 175Nm. Apart from this, the Rider variant will not be available with an automatic transmission just because it acts as the base variant for the Skoda Rapid trim.
It continues to rival the other mid-size sedans in India such as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Toyota Yaris. However, the base variant of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz costs Rs.53,000 more when compared to the Rider variant and remains one of the closest rivals in terms of price. Skoda is all set to launch the Kushaq in India by the second quarter of 2021. It will be a mid-size SUV that will compete against the likes of Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet. However, the Czech carmaker has not revealed the exact details about the car yet.