Skoda India is likely to discontinue its entry-level sedan, the Rapid by 2022. There is an all-new sedan in the works that will be positioned above the Rapid to bridge the gap between the new Octavia
Skoda India Director, Zac Hollis has confirmed in a tweet that the company is evaluating the timeline to discontinue its entry-level sedan – the Rapid. In another tweet, Zac also confirmed that Skoda India is working on an all-new sedan – and not a replacement – which will be positioned above the Rapid.
So far, Skoda has not confirmed the timeline for the discontinuation; however, the company has confirmed that the current Skoda Rapid owners will get service and spare support for 15 years from the time of the discontinuation.
The new sedan positioned above the Rapid will break cover by the end of this year while the Rapid is likely to go off production by sometime in 2022.
The discontinuation of the Rapid could also affect the life of the Volkswagen Vento as both the sedans are based on the same platform, and share most mechanicals and internals. There is a slim chance of the Vento going off the production line during the same time too.
Along with the new sedan, Skoda India also plans on launching the facelift Kodiaq SUV in the Indian market. Currently, the Skoda Rapid on sale is offered with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor with a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Skoda Rapid is priced between Rs 7.79-13.29 lakh (ex-showroom).