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New Skoda Rapid officially revealed

Banish all thoughts of the awful 1980's model...

Skoda has released initial details and a couple of photos for their all-new Rapid compact saloon. The Rapid will debut at the Paris Motor Show in September and launch in Europe shortly after, but they have given in and allowed the world to see the new car early.

It’s an interesting choice to choose the name ‘Rapid’ given that the previous model to wear that name was part of the ‘old Skoda’ that gave it such a poor reputation in Europe (see the red car in the gallery above). The company has now created a new niche for itself as an alternative to VW with virtually no loss in quality, so we think a new name would have suited this model better.

First previewed as the MissionL Concept last year in Frankfurt, the Rapid is the first model to show Skoda's new design language. This shows a much more angular look, with sharp lines and body creases replacing the curvier look of the current Fabia, Octavia and Yeti. With the exception of the front lamps, door handles, and roof panel, the Rapid appears identical to the MissionL concept which is commendable.

There's certainly a strong resemblance to the Audi range in the Rapid, especially around the rear 3/4 view but you can't blame Skoda for wanting to cash in on a bit of Audi's cache.

Positioned in the model range between the Fabia and the Octavia, the 5 seat Rapid measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width and will be initially offered with five petrol and two diesel engines. These will be those currently available in the Fabia, Yeti and also those seen in the VW range.

Skoda is targeting the Rapid to families looking for a roomy first car at an affordable price. We will bring you more on the UK pricing when it is announced.

Images courtesy of Skoda

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more