Skoda began using the Rapid name back in 1984 when it debuted a coupe based on the brand’s 130 sedan. That model was discontinued in 1990, but the name is now headed back into the spotlight, this time on a new small car that will be placed between the light Fabia and the next-generation Octavia. The new Rapid was inspired by the Mission L Concept unveiled at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be officially unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The new Skoda Rapid will be built on a standard platform, and not on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB multi-vehicle platform. The car measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width, but despite these compact dimensions, it offers an impressive amount of interior space: enough room for five occupants and their baggage.

The new Rapid features a long wheelbase and a coupe-like silhouette, plus a large tailgate and distinctly shaped taillights in the brand’s typical C shape.

UPDATE 06/19/2012: The review has been updated with the first official details on the brand new Rapid sedan.

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14 comments:

  (475) posted on 10.9.2012

this market segment is very dynamic and very competitive. and that’s a good news for us, the customers!

  (516) posted on 10.9.2012

john may be right. the golf is for hatchback lovers. and the rapide isn’t one.

  (509) posted on 10.9.2012

@tinur: i would rather put the rapide against the jetta.

  (422) posted on 10.9.2012

i believe that most of the people who want a golf but find it to expensive, the rapide will be a good solution.

  (516) posted on 10.9.2012

the rapide is a serious contender on the middle cars market.

  (542) posted on 10.9.2012

perfect mix: german engineering with czech pricing. who will beat that?

  (509) posted on 10.9.2012

i am sure the rapide will have a fair price. and the build quality is going to be german!

  (475) posted on 10.9.2012

german engineering at less money. why not?

  (452) posted on 10.9.2012

i think it will be in polo - golf price tag, but with bigger dimensions. not bad, skoda.

  (422) posted on 10.9.2012

for someone who thought the fabia was too small and the octavia too expensive, you have the perfect car.

  (419) posted on 06.14.2012

Skoda should better stick with their pricing --- accurate and worthy.

  (677) posted on 06.7.2012

Skoda knows how to price their Rapid right. It’s good because it won’t really sell well if they’re unjust with its money value.

  (458) posted on 05.27.2012

It’s cool that Skoda’s not being pompous and doing an overpricing of their innovation. You can see that its price meets the expected value.

  (570) posted on 05.24.2012

Well, that was an ingenious notion. I think that keeping its specs and features right for its price is only a practical idea.

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