ICB Exclusive: Skoda India rejigs Rapid sedan line up by culling Active and Ambition trims

Team ICB’s roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, is back with yet another exclusive story. This time, it is the Skoda Rapid to come under EarthFusion’s glare. Skoda India has just rejigged the variant line up of the Skoda Rapid sedan, its best selling car model. While the Rapid sedan was sold in India in no less than five variants each for the petrol and turbo diesel engine options, and two more variants for the automatic gearbox equipped petrol engined model, Skoda has embarked on a variant rationalization measure by eliminating the Active and the Ambition trims. After the rationalization, the Skoda Rapid is now available in 8 variants in total.

2012 Skoda Rapid C-Segment Sedan

2013 Skoda Rapid sedan in Deep Pearl Black 

The Active Plus variant which used to sit above the base Active trim will now become the entry level variant on the Rapid petrol and diesel sedans. Similarly, the mid level Ambition Plus variant will occupy the space of the Ambition variant as the mid level variant for the Skoda Rapid. These changes means that the base variant and the mid level variant of the Rapid will gain a few features even as the lower trims that didn’t have these features go out of production. The top end Elegance trim also gets a teeny weeny extra.

Here’s another mini-scoop for you. The 2013 model of the Skoda Rapid Elegance Trim now comes with leather trim for the steering wheel and gear knob. Additional chrome detailing makes it onto the steering and other dashboard bits of the car. If you’re willing to buy a 2012 edition of the Rapid, be sure to haggle for a straight cash discount of about INR 70,000 on the Elegance variants of the Skoda Rapid. If you stand your ground, you also stand to get free first year insurance on the 2012 model. Meanwhile, most Skoda dealers are also offering free insurance on the 2013 model of the Rapid will sedan.

Coming back to the variant rejigging exercise on the Skoda Rapid, here are the few additional features available on the new base variant(Active Plus) when compared to the older base variant(Active)

* Remote control with foldable key

* Remote control locking and unlocking of doors and boot lid

* Electrically adjustable wing mirrors

Similarly, the Ambition Plus which is new mid level variant of the Rapid sedan brings the following features to the table,

* Chrome trim on air conditioning vents and duct sliders

* Child-proof rear window locking

* Security code for audio player

* Comfort opening and closing of windows

* Remote control opening and closing of windows

* SKODA audio player, 2-DIN

* Large format display

* Front and rear speakers

* Auxiliary audio input for portable media players

* SD/MMC data card reader

* Electrically adjustable wing mirrors

* One-touch automatic operation for the windows

* Bounce back system(Skoda-speak for Anti-pinch control)


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