Skoda Auto India has launched limited edition of one its best-selling model Rapid, called the Rapid Leisure Edition. The Rapid Leisure Special Edition will be available in three variants i.e. Petrol (MT), Petrol (AT) and Diesel (MT). The only strategy that seems behind launching the special edition models is to attract the customers and ultimately push the sales.
Skoda Rapid Lesiure Special Edition will get a special ‘Lesiure’ badge along with portable navigation system with rear view camera, rear parking sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, door sill covers and Leather seats. Apart from these new features, there’s no mechanical changes done in the special edition.
Previously Skoda Fabia was the cheapest car by the manufacturer in India but due to poor demand the model was discontinued and now Rapid is the cheapest Skoda car in India and company is continuously working to boost its sale.
The Rapid Leisure edition will be powered by two engines, a 1.6 litre, 103 BHP, 220 Nm petrol mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The other engine is a 1.6 litre, 103 BHP, 250 Nm turbo-diesel mated only to a five-speed manual transmission.
The Skoda Rapid is a good buy in the price segment. The car is based on Volkswagen Vento with a new interior and exteriors. The Skoda Rapid is a bit cheaper than Vento as some features are still missing from it. The competition in mid range segment is growing day-by-day and Compact SUV’s has also increased the competition, so special edition strategy by manufacturers is a solid strategy to boost the sales.
Price of ‘Skoda Rapid Leisure’ Special Edition in India
Skoda Rapid Leisure 1.6 MPI Manual : Rs. 7,79,352
Skoda Rapid Leisure 1.6 MPI Automatic : Rs. 8,79,625
Skoda Rapid Leisure 1.6 TDI Manual : Rs. 9,06,926
(all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)