Skoda Rapid Onyx and Monte Carlo Variants Updated With New Features
Skoda automobile manufacturer has officially announced that the 2021 Octavia launch has been postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The manufacturer is planning to launch four new cars – new-gen Octavia, Kushaq mid-sized SUV, Kodiaq facelift, and a new mid-sized sedan in the country in 2021-22. The company has now silently updated the Onyx and Monte Carlo variants of the entry-level sedan. The Rapid sedan is currently available in six variants – Rider, Rider Plus, Ambition, Onyx, Style and Monte Carlo. The Onyx and Monte Carlo received minor exterior and interior updates without any change in pricing.
Skoda Rapid Onyx: What’s New?
The mid-spec Rapid Onyx variant now received ORVMs, new silver split lip spoiler, and a silver strip running along the side of the body, instead of black highlights. The silver touch even extends to the roof, which was earlier offered in the body shade (blue). The Rapid Onyx is available in two colour options – Lapiz Blue and Candy White. Inside the cabin, the Rapid Onyx gets new fresh Tellur Grey upholstery.
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo: What’s New?
The Monte Carlo is the top-spec variant, which is equipped with all the premium features. This variant now gets a black lip spoiler for the front bumper, a new black side skirting, and a new sporty diffuser design on the rear bumper. Adding to it, the top-spec variant gets a tailgate spoiler and the gloss black treatment for the radiator grille. Monte Carlo Sedan also comes fitted with newly designed multi-spoke alloy wheels. It is available in three color options – Flash Red, Candy White, and Brilliant Silver.
Skoda Rapid: Engine and Transmission
The Skoda Rapid is powered by a 999 cc, 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that makes 108 bhp at 5500 rpm of max power and 175 Nm at 1750 rpm of peak torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual transmission (MT) and a six-speed torque converter automatic.
Some of the features in the Skoda Rapid model include keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, a flat-bottom steering wheel, electrically operated & auto-folding door mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors, ABS, and dual front airbags.
Skoda New Sedan
The new Skoda sedan or notchback is scheduled to be launched in the Q4 of 2021. The new-gen sedan will be based on the MQB AO IN platform and will sit above the Rapid. Codenamed ANB, the new sedan will rival the Toyota Yaris, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, and Honda City. The Skoda ANB is expected to be offered with two engine options – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol.