Skoda set to launch CNG variant of the RAPID sedan

Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing, Skoda Auto India, has confirmed that the automaker will introduce a CNG variant of the Rapid sedan. The car is currently in the testing phase. The CNG variant is expected to launch later in 2021.

The Czech manufacturer is planning to launch four new models in the Indian market within the next 12 months. The first among the four models coming to India is the Skoda Kushaq mid-size SUV, which is slated to debut on 18th March 2021, with a launch expected to happen around the middle of this year. Apart from the Kushaq, the Skoda Rapid CNG confirmed to be one of these four offerings.

Responding to a user query, the Director Skoda Auto India said, “Yes CNG is in testing. We at Skoda are launching 4 new products in the next 12 months, starting with the World Premier of Kushaq this month”.

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Currently, Skoda Rapid is available with a single-engine option – a 1.0-litre, turbocharged, inline-3 petrol unit. This motor is capable of generating 110 PS and 175 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively, and is offered with two transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The CNG variant is expected to be powered by the same 1.0L turbocharged engine, with only a CNG kit added.