After launching the BS6 Skoda Rapid with a turbo-petrol engine and a manual gearbox earlier this year, the Czech automaker has opened its order for the Rapid automatic that is slated for a launch next year in Nepal. Bookings for the Rapid AT have commenced at the company’s certain authorised dealerships. A price announcement is expected in the coming days, with deliveries slated to start by end of 2020 in Nepal.
The Rapid automatic will be equipped with the same 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine as the manual version. At 110hp and 175Nm, power and torque figures will remain unchanged, but drive will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. Skoda has also revealed that the Rapid automatic’s ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is pegged at 16.24kpl. The same 1.0 TSI engine delivers a claimed 18.97kpl with the manual gearbox. For reference, the erstwhile BS4-compliant, 105hp, 1.6 MPI petrol mill was good for only 14.84kpl when allied to a 6-speed auto gearbox.
Skoda launched the BS6 Rapid manual earlier this year in five trim levels. However, due to high demand, it temporarily halted bookings for the entry-level Rider variant and also brought in a new Rider Plus trim. Expect the Czech carmaker to introduce the Rapid auto at a premium of Rs 4-5.5 lakh over the manual version. With the upcoming launch, the Skoda Rapid will be on a more even footing with its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Verna and the new Honda City, all of which are available with their own varieties of automatic transmissions. Stay tune with us for more auto news in Nepal.