This Skoda Rapid Rider gets cosmetic updates like decals along the sides, gloss black B-pillars, and black trunk lip garnish. The limited-edition model sports dual-tone interior with ivory slate upholstery
To push sales at the time of this bizarre automotive slowdown, Skoda has introduced a special edition variant of its C-segment sedan. Christened Rapid Rider, Skoda has priced it at a highly competitive Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom). So, what’s different in this Skoda Rapid Rider?
On sale in just Candy White and Carbon Steel colours, the Skoda Rapid Rider gets contrast black bits all around. It sports Skoda’s signature butterfly grille up front, black decals along the sides and gloss black finish for the B-pillars. The Rapid Rider also sits on 15-inch steel wheels with wheel caps, just like the base variant. On the inside, the Rapid Rider gets dual-tone treatment – with Ebony sand black on the dashboard and Ivory Slate white for the upholstery. Skoda has also fitted the car with Rapid lettering on the scuff plates.
Skoda will only have the Rapid Rider on sale with a petrol engine option. This is the same 1.6-litre MPI that has been its powerhouse for a while. This motor makes 104bhp and 153Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Skoda does, however, have diesel on offer as well.
In terms of features, the Rapid Rider sits alongside the base Active trim. That being said, it still is fairly well-loaded with telescopic steering, 2 DIN audio system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity, day-night IRVM, central locking and more. In regards to safety, the Rapid Rider comes with dual front airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors.
By launching the Rapid Rider at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom), Skoda has managed to undercut rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the likes. In fact, this limited-edition model is now on par with some of the sub-4 metre sedans in the business, something that should definitely give the Rapid the push it deserves.