2014 Skoda Rapid gains a new engine, upgraded interior

New 1.6-liter TDI engine produces 90 HP (66 kW)

Skoda has announced a series of updates to the 2014 Rapid.

Set to go on sale on August 5th, the updated model can be equipped with optional xenon headlights which kick out 2,000 lumen. That doesn't sound like much, but Skoda says they are cheaper than higher output headlights while delivering roughly the same intensity.

The cabin gets a modest makeover that includes a new three-spoke steering wheel, updated upholstery, revised trim and improved infotainment systems.  Active and Ambition variants also receive a higher quality dashboard in lava gray.

Under the hood, there's a new 1.6-liter TDI engine that develops 90 HP (66 kW). It can be equipped with an optional Green tec package that adds a start/stop system, brake energy regeneration and low-rolling resistance tires. With the aforementioned package, the engine consumes 3.9 L/100km (60.3 mpg US / 72.4 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of 104 g/km.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Skoda
Published Jul 5th, 2013 11:20pm By Michael Gauthier
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ŠKODA Rapid comes with refined details into new Model year

  • Diesel engine 1.6 TDI 66 kW to expand the engine range of the compact sedan
  • More attractive interior with new three-spoke steering wheels, new decorative trims, new seat covers and other design enhancements
  • ŠKODA Rapid to be available with xenon headlights in the future

Mladá Boleslav, 4 July 2013 – The ŠKODA Rapid is about to become even more attractive. Beginning in August 5, the popular compact sedan will be available with the 1.6 TDI 66 kW diesel engine. Furthermore, the interior of the Rapid will be updated with new three-spoke steering wheels, new decorative trims and seat covers as well as other enhancements of the design. Also, modern xenon highlights will be available as an option.
?Effective immediately, the 1.6 TDI 66 kW (90 PS) diesel engine will broaden the range of engines of the ŠKODA Rapid even more. The engine works with direct common rail injection, is equipped with diesel particle filters and may either be combined with an automatic seven-gear dual clutch transmission or a manual five-gear transmission.

Likewise, the particularly environmentally-friendly Green tec version is offered for the new entry-level diesel. The Green tec package includes fuel consumption-reducing technologies such as the automatic start-stop mechanism, brake energy recovery and rolling-resistant tires. The CO2 emission of the Rapid 1.6 TDI 66 kW Green tec amounts to just 104 g/km, with normal consumption being 3.9 l per 100 km.

Overall, this results in six different EU-5 engines being available for the ŠKODA Rapid: two self-igniters (1.6 TDI with 66 or 77 kW) and four gas engines (1.2 MPI/55 kW, 1.2 TSI with 63 or 77 kW as well as the 1.4 TSI 90 kW). The Green tec package is available for all TSI and TDI engines.

Likewise, the interior of the Rapid will be enhanced. All compact sedans will receive new three-spoke steering wheels. The differences are in the materials (PUR, PUR with chrome, leather with chrome) as well as in the functionalities (with or without any multi-functional display/phone/audio control buttons). The Rapid equipment versions ‘Ambition’ and ‘Elegance’ will receive new decorative trims, each in four designs (Graphite-Metallic, Silver-Brushed, Piano-White and Piano-Black). Also, there are new seat cover designs for these versions. For the equipment versions ‘Active’ and ‘Ambition’ of the Rapid, the gray hue of the dash board and the door covers will be upgraded (tellurium-gray will become lava-gray). Other innovations: the radio model ‘Swing’ will receive a modern panel, the radio model ‘Blues’ will now have control buttons framed in chrome.

As an option, the ŠKODA Rapid received xenon headlights. The xenon lamp has a luminous flux up to 2,000 lumen. This system requires no headlamp leveling and headlamp cleaning system yet. Advantage: a lower price compared to xenon headlamps with higher lumen output at roughly comparable intensity.

Since the fall of 2012, the ŠKODA Rapid has completed the ŠKODA model range between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia. With compact dimensions (length of 4.48 meters, width of 1.70 meters), the compact sedan convinces with excellent spaciousness and a lot of room for five passengers and their luggage. In addition, there are numerous ‘simply clever’ solutions, timeless design, an outstanding price/value ratio and an extensive safety package.

The Rapid has already won many awards. In the Czech Republic, the vehicle was voted as the ‘Car of the Year’ in middle lower class and the ‘Fleet Novelty of the Year’. The ŠKODA Rapid is the ‘Car of the Year’ in Bulgaria, won the ‘Auto Trophy’ in Germany as well as the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ in Austria. The ŠKODA Rapid is awarded one of the world's most coveted design awards: The compact sedan in the Czech carmaker received in March 2013 the 'red dot' Design Award in the product design. Furthermore, the vehicle was honored with the best ranking of five stars for its safety concept within the Euro NCAP crash test.



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Comments (4)

Aygo Aygo
Why does the press release keep calling the Rapid a sedan? Yes, it looks like one but is indeed a hatchback. The Indian version is a sedan.
Jul 6th, 2013 11:09am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
only 90hp? will it move?
Jul 6th, 2013 2:15am
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MatthiasCichon MatthiasCichon
It's still a Rapid, not an Octavia. There has to be some difference. I think the Octavia 1,6 TDI has 105 hp.
Jul 6th, 2013 1:38pm
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EdBacau EdBacau
Don't worry, it's a diesel, it has more than enough torque.
Jul 6th, 2013 11:16pm
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