The Czech based automaker Skoda is planning to rival the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus with a new model codenamed the A-Entry, which will be placed between the Fabia and the Octavia, and will be based on the MissionL concept previewed earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to autoexpressnews.com, the Skoda A-Entry will be a direct competitor to VW’s Golf and Ford’s Focus and the new model is expected to go on sale in early 2013 as a sedan, but a hatchback version might also make its way into the market.
Rumors are that the A-Entry will be based on a stretched version of the VW Polo platform and the model will be larger than a Fabia but shorter than the Golf and this will allow the automaker to increase the size of the next-gen Octavia.
There aren’t any official details yet about the powerplants but the Skoda A-Entry might “borrow” some of the petrol and diesel engines from the Polo and the Golf, with a possible “BlueMotion” like variant which will be emitting less than 100 g/km of CO2.
The A-Entry is just one of the many models which will be introduced as part of the Skoda campaign to present a new model every six months and the vehicle will join the lineup made from the VW Up! based Citigo and the seven-seat Yeti.
We don’t know for sure yet if there’s any significant difference between the A-Entry and the Rapid which has recently entered production in India or if the A-Entry will be simply produced for the “Western” auto market but as a reminder the MissionL concept, on which both of the vehicles are based, is 4.39 meters long, 1.70 meters wide and 1.47 meters tall.
Skoda says that the “Indian” Rapid will be powered by two 1.6 liter engines, one petrol and one diesel, both of them developing around 103 HP. No pictures of the Rapid’s interior have been shown by the Czech automaker yet but Skoda says that the model has a clean cockpit which has been focused on essentials.
The Skoda MissionL is one of the most expected low-cost vehicles which is supposed to hit the showrooms worldwide next year and the model will target the French / Romanian Renault / Dacia Logan.