110 PS 1.5L TDI engine to launch on VW Vento, Skoda Rapid next

Posted on: Oct 11, 2016 - 10:37am IST

Paired to 5-MT and 7-DSG transmissions.

The Skoda Rapid facelift and the 2017 VW Vento will be the next contenders for the updated 110 PS 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine which recently launched on the VW Ameo. This engine is identical to the outgoing 1.5-liter motor in every aspect save for the turbocharger. VW India is now using a larger, India-made turbocharger which results in a higher power output.

2014 VW Polo facelift first drive engine
While power has increased by 5 PS, the torque remains the same at 250 Nm.

Power output increases by 5 PS to 110 PS though the torque output remains the same at 250 Nm. The increased power output will shave off around 0.5 seconds in the 0-100 km/h sprint. The updated engine will continue to be available with 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic transmissions though.

While the exterior of the Skoda Rapid facelift will see changes to the headlight clusters and hood, the 2017 VW Vento will continue relatively unchanged; a new top-end Highline Plus variant will be introduced with LED headlights and integrated LED daytime running lights.

2016 VW Vento front quarter at the Auto Expo 2016
The Highline Plus grade of the Vento will be equipped with LED headlights.

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Inside, the Rapid facelift has been spied with a larger touchscreen entertainment system with the MirrorLink feature, combining a reverse camera, GPS navigation and Bluetooth support. There are no further changes to speak, though a revised seat upholstery could be seen on the sedan.

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