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Skoda Rapid roll out on October 7

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Come October 7 and the first of the Skoda Rapids will roll out of the Volkswagen assembly line at Chakan. Based on the Volkswagen Vento, the Rapid will be priced a little lower, but will retain Skoda's typical design elements to distinguish it from the VW. It will sport a Fabia-like front end, while the tail section will be more or less identical to the Vento apart from some subtle changes to the tail light design.

Power for the Rapid will come via the same engine options found on the Vento. The 1.6-litre diesel and petrol produce around 104 bhp and both manual and automatic options will be offered, though one isn't sure at this point if Skoda will offer a diesel automatic to differentiate it from the Vento petrol automatic or not.

The Rapid is expected to sport a price tag of under Rs 7 lakh and will go all the way up to Rs 9-9.3 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai.

Skoda is also developing a car based on the MissionL concept that was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A wider and longer version of the Rapid, the MissionL will be positioned in the Rs 10-12 lakh price bracket to fill in the gap left behind by the previous-gen Octavia. The MissionL may sport a notchback design like the last Octavia/current Laura and could have a bit more space on the inside than the Rapid while boasting of more features. It is quite possible that Skoda will badge it the Octavia given that the original car still commands good brand value. The car is expected to hit Indian showrooms by late-2012/early-2013.