After teasing us for more than a week and after countless spy photos, here it is: The Skoda Rapid Spaceback.
The Rapid Spaceback is the estate version of the Rapid sedan which would slot in between the Fabia Combi and the Octavia Combi. The Spaceback sports a glass panoramic sunroof and a 'prolonged' rear window which further differentiates it from the Rapid sedan.
Skoda says this is the first time that they have introduced an estate model in the 'high-volume compact segment'. After reading the press release Skoda sent us, it seems that the Spaceback would target the younger audience.
The wheelbase of the Spaceback stands at 2,602 mm even though the Spaceback measures 18cm lesser than the sedan.
The insides are largely reminiscent to the Rapid sedan. The three-spoke steering wheel and the conventional dashboard layout ensure that you do not mistake this for anything else but a Skoda.
The 415 liter trunk can be expanded to 1,380 liters by flipping down the rear seats.
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The Rapid Spaceback is available with a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines. The lowest CO2 value for one of the engines is only 99g/km. Power outputs vary between 73bhp and 120bhp. The most efficient engine consumes only 3.8 l per 100km (26.31km/l).
The Spaceback comes with front, side and head airbags while ABS and ESC are offered standard. Optional xenon lights, hill hold system and tire pressure monitoring complete the features package.
The Spaceback will have its global premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show which is scheduled to take place on September 10. The car will officially launch in the European markets in October this year.
Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland said -
The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a milestone for ŠKODA: it means that we are entering the strategically important segment of compact hatchback models. The Rapid Spaceback is a great addition to this class in that it combines ŠKODA’s good practical characteristics with the popular hatchback shape. Sporting the new ŠKODA design, the Rapid Spaceback has a fresh, dynamic and individual appearance. It is a compact car with a sporty chic, spacious and practical, ideal for young people and families.
Image gallery and Press Release on the next page.
Skoda Rapid Spaceback Image Gallery
Skoda Rapid Spaceback Press Release
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