The Czech based automaker Skoda, guided by the Volkswagen mother-brand, has recently announced that the Rapid model has entered production in India, at the Pune plant, and the vehicle is exclusively intended for the local auto market, being no indications that the model will be sold outside of the continent.
The Skoda MissionL is definitely one of the most expected low-cost cars which is supposed to hit the worldwide showrooms next year and we hope that the Czech automaker didn’t make any compromise in the production of this interesting vehicle, but judging by the exterior design of the Rapid, than if the model isn’t the MissionL, it’s definitely based on the concept revealed this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“India is the first market in which we will introduce the new Rapid. It highlights the significance of that country for our company. We want to step on the pedal all over the world in the coming years. In order to do so, we will clearly increase our activities outside of Europe. In this context, the Indian market plays a central role, because, besides China and Russia, it is among the markets with the greatest potential. The new Rapid is the right car at the right time for these growth markets. It is an important step to our growth path for the coming years”, said the chairman of board within Skoda, Winfried Vahland.
The Skoda Rapid was designed to slot between the Fabia and the Octavia, just like the MissionL, and it is 4.39 meters long, 1.70 meters wide and 1.47 meters tall. The Czech automaker didn’t provide any pictures of the Rapid’s interior and it says that the clean cockpit is focused on essentials.
Skoda says that for the Indian Rapid model, two engines will be available, both of them with the 1.6 liter displacement, delivering around 103 horsepower, one of them being offered as a gasoline and the other as a diesel.
The Czech automaker didn’t provide any extra details about the Indian Rapid but the model is expected to go on sale soon, probably the first half of next year, just when the MissionL was scheduled to hit the showrooms.