New Skoda Rapid is not the facelift but it is Model Year upgrade. It do not get any design updates both exterior and interior, but now comes available with the new diesel engine and new seven speed automatic DSG transmission. Besides from the regular diesel and petrol versions, Rapid has a new Black Edition package with some minor changes in exterior. Now, for the first drive report of new Skoda Rapid.
So, new Rapid appears just similar but it has a new alloy design. Inside the things remain same with the dashboard is its own neat and solid self. Rapid do get some new features to the equipment list such as cruise control, a card holder and parking sensors. The bonnet’s interior comes with the biggest change. 1.6-litre diesel engine is out of hood and comes new 1.5 litre diesel unit pumps out a peak outcome of 103 hp @ 4400 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm @1500 to 2500 rpm.
The diesel mill has great mid-range response and feels ease in both low speed cruise and highway overtakes. 1.6 litre petrol units comes available makes 104 hp of peak output at 5250rpm and 153 Nm of peak torque at 3800 rpm. Both petrol and diesel engines has 5- speed manual transmission, while there is a six speed automatic transmission available for petrol version.
Other major upgrade is the new seven speed automatic DSG transmission and it is only available for diesel engine. DSG unit is proved one and is great response especially in the Sport mode. Sport maintains the gears in for the peak revs possible before they are shifted up that bring out vocal act of engine a couple of decibels up. The quality of ride is good though bouncy and the car maintains itself in the check around the corners. The steering wheel is one of the best in the business with great response and feedback from wheels.
For new Rapid, Skoda bought new Black Package that avails for both diesel and petrol variants for the opted colours. Black package has black shades on front fog lamps and the projector headlamps, black ORVMs, a black front grill includes logo and black 15-inch alloy wheels. The Rapid with Black Package appears really good especially in red paint option. It also includes features like 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, AUX-in, USB, card reader support, steering mounted audio and telephone controls, height adjustable driver seat, dual rear AC vents, dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System and automatic AC.