Skoda has finally revealed the Spaceback version of the Rapid, following a string of teasers and spy photos.
Sporting the same 2602mm wheelbase as the regular model, the Rapid Spaceback has modified C and D pillars with a third side window and can be optionally fitted with a panoramic tinted glass roof which stretches from the windscreen to the rear window. At the back of the car we notice the addition of a roof-mounted spoiler which provides a sporty look, while the optional prolong rear window extends the dark tint glass across the roof and deep into the rear door.
Speaking of practicality, cargo volume varies from 415 liters (down from 550 liters) with the seats up to 1,380 liters (down from 1,490 liters) once the rear seats are folded down. While the regular model is 4483mm long, the Spaceback variant has been shortened by 180 mm but still manages to offer 64mm of rear legroom and 980mm of headroom, representing the highest figures in this class.
The 2013 Skoda Rapid Spaceback will be sold in Europe with a choice of four gasoline and two diesel engines, with output varying between 74 bhp (55 kW) and 121 bhp (90 kW). The Rapid Spaceback GreenLine equipped with a 1.6-liter TDI delivering 89 bhp (66 kW) will have a fuel consumption of just 3.8 liters / 100 km (74.3 mpg UK or 61.8 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
In terms of safety, the Rapid Spaceback comes with front/side/head airbags, ABS, ESC and three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners and height-adjustable head restraints. It can be configured with xenon headlights, fog lights with cornering function, a tire pressure control system and hill hold control assistant. Optionally available is a double cargo floor in the trunk which will divide the trunk into two horizontal levels granting double utility.
The 2013 Skoda Rapid Spaceback will make its public debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale a month later.
More details can be found in the attached press release.