It was just last month that when Czech carmaker Skoda launched the latest iteration of the brand’s top-selling mid-size sedan the 2020 Skoda Rapid with prices starting from 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However recently some reports have stormed the internet stating that Skoda has stopped taking bookings of the 2020 Skoda Rapid. But why?

New Skoda Rapid Featured
New Skoda Rapid Featured

The reason cited behind Skoda not taking any more booking of the entry-level variant the 2020 Skoda Rapid Rider is due to high demand. Surprisingly the Czech carmaker did not reveal when it would re-open the bookings for the designated variant. Rumour also has it that Skoda could hike the prices of the rider edition before re-opening the booking.

So what makes the 2020 Skoda Rapid Rider beholds that within a month of its launch it has become so popular? let’s find out!

2020 Skoda Rapid Rider | Engine Specification

Skoda Rapid 1.0-Litre TSI Engine
Skoda Rapid 1.0-Litre TSI Engine

Specifications

Engine 3-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI Petrol
Power 108.4hp@5,000-5250rpm
Torque 175Nm@1,750-4,000rpm
Fuel Efficiency 18.97kmpl

This is where the real magic happens as it features a powerful BS6-compliant 1.0-litre turbo engine capable of generating 108.4hp@5,000-5250rpm with 175Nm@1,750-4,000rpm while paired to a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Although certain reports suggest the Skoda could launch an optional AMT variant for the rider as well.

Such great power at such an affordable cost of Rs. 7.49,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) maybe that’s what makes the new age Skoda Rapid rider the perfect car.

2020 Skoda Rapid Rider | Features

Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Exterior
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Exterior

On the outside, the Rapid Rider gets 15-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, Halogen headlights, Trunk lip garnish, Scuff plate. The rider variant is available in two colour options only; Candy White and Carbon Steel.

2020 Skoda Rapid Rider Interior
2020 Skoda Rapid Rider Interior

While the features on the inside include Height adjustable front seatbelts with Adjustable front headrests, front and rear centre armrests, rake and reach adjustable steering, 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, USB, Aux connectivity and four speakers, automatic climate control, telescopic steering wheel, rear AC vents, auto adjustable wing mirrors, one-touch power windows, 12V charging socket at the front and rear.

Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Safety Features
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Safety Features

Talking about safety, the 2020 Rapid Rider gets some of the basic safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Rear parking sensors, Rear defogger and Remote central locking.

2020 Skoda Rapid Rider | Rivals

2020 Hyundai Verna
2020 Hyundai Verna

Coming to the most important part with its launch the 2020 Rapid rider had to compete with the likes of the old town bad boys such as the ever-shining Honda City which is due to get a revamp with its upcoming 5th generation model, Hyundai Verna, Honda Amaze and the by far the most subtle product from India’s biggest carmaker the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

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