ŠKODA AUTO India unveiled the RIDER PLUS, a new variant of its RAPID TSI, at an introductory ex-showroom price of INR 7.99 lacs nationwide. The new ŠKODA AUTO offering exhibits a blend of timeless design ideals, unbending performance, superior build quality, ‘value for money’ proposition, and enhanced safety and security. The RAPID RIDER PLUS will be available in four colour options, Candy White, Carbon Steel, Brilliant Silver and Toffee Brown, across all authorised dealership facilities in the country.
The RAPID RIDER PLUS sports a modern crystalline appearance synonymous with the brand’s signature design language and legacy. The distinctive black and silver design elements underline its assertive and dynamic appearance. The black facade of the signature grille is complemented by decorative side foils, glossy black décor on the B pillars, complementary trunk lip garnish as well as the tasteful new window chrome garnish. The all new dual-tone ebony sand interior, with premium ivory slate upholstery, is a befitting combination of Czech heritage and modern technology. The stainless steel scuff plates with ‘RAPID’ inscription add to the aesthetics.
The new 16.51 cm colour touchscreen central infotainment system ‘Drive’ comes equipped with SmartLink™ technology which helps one control selected apps like navigation straight on the infotainment screen and ensures seamless connectivity with a smartphone. It supports USB/Aux-in/Bluetooth options as well. All the installed applications are certified as safe for vehicles and are compatible with MirrorLink®, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Apart from that, the Climatronic technology along with dust and pollen filter, adjustable dual rear AC vents, 12 V power socket in front and rear centre console, height and length adjustable multi-function steering wheel, adjustable headrests, foldable armrests, central locking system with remote control, multi-functional display, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ storage solutions, etc. make the RAPID RIDER PLUS even more compelling.
At the heart of the ŠKODA RAPID RIDER PLUS is a new TSI mill. Displacing 999 cm3, the three cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol engine fosters 110 PS (81 kW) of power and 175 Nm of torque. The drivetrain has been tuned to offer refinement and sets the yardstick in its segment.
The fuel efficiency too is exemplary. The new RIDER PLUS, with the six speed manual transmission, offers 18.97 km/l under standard test conditions. When compared with the outgoing 1.6 MPI engine, the new ŠKODA RAPID RIDER PLUS offers a 5% upsurge in power and a 14% rise in torque output. At the same time, it offers a 23% increase in fuel efficiency against the previous motor. The new RIDER PLUS is calibrated for refinement, efficiency as well as performance, and perfectly fits the urbane lifestyle of the ŠKODA AUTO patrons.
Essential safety features such as dual airbags and anti-lock braking system are standard across the product portfolio. Other safety and security equipments include Parktronic rear parking sensors, anti-glare interior rear view mirror, rear windscreen defogger with timer, height adjustable three-point seatbelts at the front, rough road package, fuel supply cut off in a crash, and engine immobiliser with floating code system.