Skoda has released initial details and photos for their all-new Rapid compact sedan. Followed by its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the Rapid will have its market launch in Europe from autumn 2012.

Skoda has released initial details and photos for their all-new Rapid compact sedan. Followed by its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the Rapid will have its market launch in Europe from autumn 2012.

First previewed as the MissionL Concept last year in Frankfurt, the Rapid is the first model to show Skoda's new design language. With the exception of the front lamps, door handles, and roof panel, the Rapid appears identical to the MissionL concept - even the wheels are the same.

Positioned in the Skoda model range between the Fabia and the Octavia, the 5-seater Rapid measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width. Five petrol and two diesel engines will be initially offered.

The Rapid is an A segment vehicle which currently accounts for approximately 36 percent of the world's automobile market. Within this class, sedans have a share of around 42 percent. According to industry experts, the number of A segment sedans sold worldwide will rise by about 50 percent by the year 2020.

Skoda is targeting the Rapid to families looking for a roomy first car at an affordable price.

2013 Skoda Rapid officially revealed for Europe