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Skoda to discontinue Rapid this year

NEW DELHI: Zac Hollis head Skoda Auto India has confirmed that they will discontinue Rapid and launch a new bigger Sedan this year, this on Twitter while replying a tweet.

Starting at Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2020 Rapid was launched in late September, and the sedan managed to fare decently in the market. The Czech automaker was forced to halt the production of the entry-level variant of the sedan, Rider, due to massive demand.

The new sedan will be introduced in the country under the India 2.0 Investment program for which the Skoda had announced an investment of around €1 billion back in 2018.

Skoda went on to reveal that the upcoming offerings will only feature much more efficient and powerful TSI engines and the diesel units are being left behind in the new chapter. The current generation TSI engine offered in India is a 1.0-litre petrol engine offered with both manual and automatic transmission.

The new offering by the Czech automaker is likely to be an India-exclusive product and more likely to be built from scratch as there is no Skoda car currently that is based on the MQB-AO platform. 

Skoda Auto India will also drive in a C-SUV to compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The fourth-generation Octavia is also scheduled for 2021.