The 2020 Skoda Rapid has finally got an automatic option today, and we have all the highlights from the launch event, here. Powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine, the automatic option comes paired to a 6-speed torque converter unit, and will be available from the Rider Plus variant and above. Bookings for the 2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Automatic has already been underway for a token amount of ₹ 25,000, and it's priced in India from ₹ 9.49 lakh to ₹ 13.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Currently, the Skoda Rapid only comes with a 999 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and the automatic trim gets the same motor. The engine is tuned to make 108 bhp at 5000-5500 rpm while developing a peak torque of 175 Nm at 1750-4000 rpm.
The new 6-speed automatic torque converter automatic replaces the older 7-speed DSG unit, which was paired with the now discontinued 1.2-litre TSI engine. This is the same unit that features on the Volkswagen Vento and Polo GT TSI. Skoda claims a fuel efficiency figure of 16.24 kmpl with the Rapid automatic, while the torque converter promises to be more cost-effective to maintain, as compared to the DSG.
The company has also confirmed that deliveries for the new offering will commence from September 18, a day after the launch.