Skoda Rapid's CNG Model Spotted Testing

Skoda Auto already sells CNG variants of cars under the name G-Tec in Europe, but the Rapid CNG will be the company's first such car in India.

Skoda Rapid's CNG

The Skoda Rapid remains one of the cheapest compact sedans on sale and is the cheapest sedan in the country to come with a turbocharged petrol engine. Now it seems that Skoda Auto India is preparing to launch the CNG model of the car in the market. Recently, the CNG model of Skoda Rapid has been tested in India and it may soon reach the company's showroom.

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At the launch of Kodiak Scout last year, Zach Hallis, director of sales and marketing, Skoda India, said that the company was exploring an option to introduce the CNG model in India. Globally, the automaker already offers CNG options for several models such as the Octavia, which are brought with the G-Tech badge. In Europe, Volkswagen Group sells its CNG cars with TGI badges.

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Rapid CNG will come with less boot space, but still we can expect a decent amount of space on the sedan. The car currently has a boot space of 460 liters. The car can be given a range of 320–340 km on a full CNG tank. The Skoda Rapid BS6 manual gets a mileage of 18.97 kmpl. The car also gets a 6-speed automatic, but the possibility of CNG will be limited to manual. The CNG model can be expensive by ₹ 50,000-60,000 from the current variants of the car. If launched, Rapid will be the only option of its kind in the CNG segment.