Skoda has confirmed that it is taking no new bookings for the Rapid Rider, the base variant in the new Rapid 1.0 TSI lineup priced at Rs 7.49 lakh, ex-showroom. Zac Hollis, director of Sales, Service and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, reiterated that due to an overwhelming surge in demand for the Rapid Rider, fresh bookings for the variant have been put on hold so that existing orders can be fulfilled, and that bookings will reopen in the future. No timelineÂ as to when that will happen has been confirmed at this point.
There is also some speculation around over the variant break-up for the Rapid, with some prospective owners having been contacted by dealers with news that the Rider variant will be discontinued and reintroduced at a higher price. While that may seem like bad news, the Rider's feature set will likely be improved upon to justify the price hike. However, the company has confirmed that these are just speculations at this time.
Skoda's Rider variants, with a slimmed-down features list have represented excellent value-for-money in the Skoda lineup, and have proved to be quite popular over the years, from the Octavia 1.8T Rider to the previous Rapid 1.6 MPI Rider variants. In its current guise, the Rapid 1.0 TSI Rider is offered in two colours, Candy White and Carbon Steel and its standard features list, while trimmed down, does include notable additions such as climate control, all four power windows with one-touch up/down functionality, electronically adjustable ORVMs (without powered-fold), rake/reach adjustable steering wheel, 2DIN audio system and two airbags.
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