Skoda Rapid First Official Images image

Finally, the Czech automaker Skoda has revealed some official images showing the upcoming Rapid sedan.

First previewed as the MissionL Concept last year in Frankfurt, the Rapid is the first model to show Skoda’s new design language. With the exception of the front lamps, door handles, and roof panel, the Rapid appears identical to the MissionL concept – even the wheels are the same.

A big selling point will be its space, and not only in the cabin of the 4.48-metre long car – Skoda is calling the Rapid a sedan but it boasts a hatch-style tailgate and bootspace that will outstretch Ford and VW rivals by more than 150 litres.

Under the skin, the front-wheel-drive Rapid sits on a stretched VW Polo platform. Although a full engine range hasn’t been announced, expect the line-up to include a 103bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and a highly economical GreenLine model powered by a 74bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel.

Škoda’s newest creation will be on public display for the first time at the 2012 Paris Auto Salon. Škoda is aiming the Rapid especially at families looking for a roomy first car at an affordable price.

Where the vehicle will be made, it’s not clear yet.
Last month Skoda China confirmed that Mission L sedan will be made in China.
The Skoda partner plant Shanghai Volkswagen has cracked the production threshold of 500,000 manufactured Skoda vehicles back in May. With more than 180,000 sold vehicles last year, China also is the largest sales market of the Czech company.