ŠKODA’s newest creation will be on public display for the first time in Australia at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. The Rapid is a perfect complement of the model palette between the ŠKODA Fabia and the ŠKODA Octavia, making it at home in the large-volume compact segment.

The Rapid is the first ŠKODA series car ever to fully feature the brand’s newly formulated design language. Perfect proportions, clear and cleanly modelled surfaces and sharply drawn lines combine to create an attractive overall appearance. The front end displays a new take on ŠKODA-typical design elements. The new brand logo confidently stands out on the rounded front edge of the bonnet. The grille shows a finely drawn chrome frame and is formed by vertical slats. The headlight ensemble is grouped at the front of the ŠKODA Rapid to form a cloverleaf shape.

The body’s side also conveys pure emotion though a long wheelbase and a coupé-like silhouette, but also thanks to a precise and sharp tornado line creating a clear division of light and shadow. At the rear, the car’s large tailgate is not merely functional, but also acts as a design element. In addition, distinctly shaped taillights in the brand’s typical C shape and the new brand logo all combine to make the ŠKODA Rapid unmistakable.

Efficient petrol engines
The Rapid will be available with two petrol engines. The entry-level engine is the efficient 1.2-litre 77TSI with power and torque output of 77kW at 5000rpm and 175Nm. The 1.4-litre engine is more powerfuel, putting out 90kW at 5000rpm and 200Nm.

Lots of space and room
The Rapid sets the new benchmark for roominess in its class. ŠKODA’s latest offspring impresses with a surprising amount of space despite compact exterior dimensions (4.48 metres in length, 1.7 metres in width) and provides room for five occupants. The Rapid’s figures for knee and head room are best in class, as is the boot at 530 litres (including spare wheel) – truly family-size.

Cleverly done
ŠKODA’s latest roomy offspring is a “simply clever” car through and through, offering ŠKODA’s typical “simply clever” solutions. Available for the first time in the ŠKODA Rapid are a refuse bin in the side door which keeps the car’s inside tidy, and a double-sided covering for the boot floor. In addition to these clever features, the Rapid has a lot of other tried and true clever solutions on board such as a multimedia holder, a ticket holder, various cup holders, nettings on the inner sides of the front seats and optional netting for the car’s huge boot.

Comprehensive active and passive safety package
The ŠKODA Rapid is also big on active and passive safety with ABS and ESC systems standard. The car’s long wheelbase, a precise chassis and a stiff body structure form the basis for stable handling. Functions such as the ‘hill-hold control’ assistant for starting up steep terrain, enhance the car’s active safety level. As for passive safety, a comprehensive package will protect the car’s occupants in case of a collision. It includes front, side and head airbags, adjustable-height 3-point safety belts as well as headrests. The stiff body ensures excellent deformation behaviour of the car in a collision.

Full specification and pricing details will be available at launch in 2013.

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