Rapid hatch will be shorter than the notchback Rapid and will feature a more Golf–like rear end
27 July 2012

Skoda has confirmed its intentions to launch a conventional five-door hatchback version of its new Rapid.

The Czech firm’s sales and marketing boss, Jürgen Stackmann, said the car would be shorter than the notchback Rapid and would feature a more Golf–like rear end.

The car was previewed as the Vision D concept at last year’s Geneva motor show. It featured bolder wheel arches and slimmer lights than the production Rapid’s. The final version is planned for launch towards the end of next year.

However, it won’t exactly mirror the Vision D’s look. “It’s not that car,” Stackmann told Autocar. Nor would he reveal the new hatchback’s name, although he did confirm that there will be no three-door version of the Rapid because the market volumes would be too low.

 

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31 July 2012

Quite like fastback hatches and saloons, the Rapid, the Xantia, the mk1 and 2 Toledos.

However am not a fan of the "truncated" hatchback look of the likes of the Golf and the new Lancer hatchback.

No doubt everyone in the UK will buy the hatch, they'll do away with the fastback/saloon, and it'll be another vag Golf clone.

31 July 2012

The Vision D is a good looking car, and doesnt look too OTT as a concept. Hopefully a production car wont stray too far away. More of a worry is the Polo underpinnings which have resulted in barely adequate suspension on the Rapid. Skoda have time to fine tune things before they launch the hatch.

Having said that, its a good way of offing space to people who just want a cheap car. Plenty of people bought MK4 Golfs with their awful suspension so something a simelar size made by the same company but sold for substantially less than the current Golf cant be a bad thing.

31 July 2012

I always like Skoda, this design is special. has new progress.

 

31 July 2012

Skoda is clogging up the range a bit here - the new Octavia will have to be substantially bigger for this to fit between it and the Fabia model. 

If the Rapid is essentially a stretched Polo, by making it shorter and giving it a hatchback rear end, are they not just making a.... Polo? which is what the Fabia already is?

31 July 2012

The Vision D looks really cool, the rapid looks really plain, so the hatchback will bear no resemblance, as Stackman said, " it's not that car " how boring !!!!

Harvey56

31 July 2012

If it can keep the slimline look with the headlights, could be a nice alternative... But I can't help thinking the overall silhouette is similar to the Mk1 Seat Leon. Not that this is a bad shape though!! 

A34

31 July 2012

... and the in-car-space per length makes this useful. I would have preferred a Sports Tourer though...

31 July 2012

I need to lay off the sugar...

 

...I read that headline as "Golf-style Rabbit hutch".

 

 

 

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31 July 2012

The Colonel wrote:

 

 "Golf-style Rabbit hutch".

 

 

Alas all too correct! A motoring journalist who wrote recently that Skoda were "running out of steam" had a point.

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