New compact Skoda set for September Frankfurt premiere

DYNAMISM: The Skoda Rapid Spaceback’s dynamic silhouette is marked by clear lines, a long wheelbase and the sharp, high tornado line.

FOR the first time Skoda offers a compact car which combines good practical qualities with the hatchback shape.

The Rapid Spaceback will celebrate its premiere at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September, while its launch in the European markets is scheduled for October.

The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback has a clear, independent appearance which exudes sporty freshness and dynamic elegance. Compared with conventional hatchback models, it looks sportier and stretched, almost like a coupe, letting it stand out visually from the competition, says the manufacturer.

As is typical of Skoda, the interior of the Spaceback offers a lot of space: the rear offers the most legroom (64 millimetres) and the highest headroom (980 millimetres) in its segment.

This generous space is complemented by numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions including a parking ticket holder, multimedia holder and cup holders in the front and rear and a parcel shelf that can be stowed behind the rear seats.

Skoda claims it offers high levels of safety. An extensive safety package includes front, side and head airbags, height-adjustable three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners and height-adjustable head restraints.

 In EU countries, the ABS and ESC systems are standard.

The Rapid Spaceback is available with four petrol and two diesel engines. These advanced power plants put out between 55 and 90 kW, the 1.6 TDI/66 kW celebrating its premiere in the Rapid model series.

In the GreenLine version with this engine, the Rapid Spaceback consumes a mere 3.8 l per 100 km, CO2 emissions amounting to 99 g/km.

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