Pre-booked units of the Skoda Rapid AT will be delivered to customers on priority, starting 18th September 2020.
Back when the Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI was launched in May, we had informed our readers that an automatic version of the Rapid will be launched in the coming months. It seems the moment is just around the corner as Skoda Auto India has officially started accepting bookings for the Rapid AT against a refundable amount of ₹25,000. Bookings can be made either offline via any authorised Skoda sales outlet or online on the company's website.
Sharing his thoughts on the announcement, Mr Zac Hollis (Brand Director - Skoda Auto India) said, 'Skoda Auto India recently introduced the new RAPID TSI range of products that now boasts state of the art 1.0 Turbocharged Stratified Injection (TSI) engine offering the best of both worlds – exceptional power output & excellent fuel economy. An overwhelming response from brand loyalists and auto enthusiasts from across the nation has obligated the Czech marque to push the yardstick further and introduce the convenience of an AT transmission across the RAPID TSI range, at a very competitive price point.'
Going by Mr Hollis' words, we expect the AT variants of the Rapid to share more or less the same features list as their manual counterparts, in order to keep the pricing competitive. Also, expect the AT variants to be offered in the top-two trims only, Style & Monte Carlo.
The 999cc three-cylinder TSI motor in the Rapid develops 108.5bhp @ 5,000-5,500rpm and 175Nm @ 1,750-4,000rpm. While the ARAI-claimed fuel-efficiency of the MT powertrain is 18.9km/l, Skoda claims the six-speed AT will deliver a fuel efficiency figure of up to 16.24km/l.
While we wait for the price announcement of the Skoda Rapid AT, you can check out our in-depth first drive review of the new Rapid 1.0 TSI MT right here.