Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant discontinued in India

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The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant was positioned above the entry-level Rider variant and provided aesthetic and functional improvements at a marginal price, adding more value to the sedan.



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Dealers now have limited stocks of the Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant

Skoda Auto India has discontinued the Rapid Rider Plus variant of the compact sedan lineup. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – Skoda Auto India confirmed the development by responding to a user query on Twitter. Hollis also confirmed that limited stocks of this variant are now available from resellers. The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant was introduced in the country last year and was priced at ₹ 8.19 lakh. It was positioned above the entry-level Rider variant which currently sells for 7.79 lakh (all prices are excluding showroom). It arrived at an affordable price for those looking for a budget turbo gas sedan with a decent feature list.

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Readers should also be aware that since this is a specific variant being discontinued, it will have no impact on after-sales service and service for those who purchased it. The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus was equipped with features like a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto and SmartLink, automatic climate control, a two-tone interior theme and a foldable armrest. The model was fitted with steel wheels with hubcaps.

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The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus launched last year and brought a number of bare bone feature upgrades for a marginal premium

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The variant also brought visual upgrades, including a blacked-out grille, lip spoiler, blackened B-pillar, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and height-adjustable seat belts. Unlike the Rider variant which was only available in the white shade, the Rider Plus was offered in Candy White, Carbon Steel, Brilliant Silver and Toffee Brown.

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The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant used the same 1.0-liter TSI petrol engine with 108 hp and 175 Nm of maximum torque and it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also a six-speed torque converter. The Rapid may be a bit long in the tooth, but is still a quality buy for those looking for a vehicle that is fun to drive. Meanwhile, Skoda Auto is working on introducing a new compact sedan that will make its global debut in India later this year. The upcoming offering will be the second model based on the MQB-A0-IN platform.

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