a more rugged version of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback dubbed the ScoutLine will go on sale in Europe in July
Skoda has already confirmed the model will not be coming to the UK. The ScoutLine features more rugged styling than that of the standard car and is designed, according to Skoda, to help the Czech brand forge a more emotional connetion with its customers.
New styling elements on the ScoutLine include redesigned front and rear bumpers, which have been styled to give the car an off-road look, as well as new side skirts. The car can be ordered with either 16in or 17in alloy wheels.
Power will come from engines already featuring as part of the Rapid Spaceback range, although they do not include the brand's frugal Greenline line-up. The three petrol options range from 89bhp to 123bhp, with two diesels offering 89bhp and 114bhp.
Skoda is pitching the Rapid Spaceback ScoutLine at a range of buyers that is younger than its traditional customer base. It's a tactic the brand has tried before, when it released the Skoda Octavia Scout, a sporty Monte Carlo version of the Rapid Spaceback in 2014 and a similarly badged version of the Fabia in February of this year.
Although the new model isn't coming to the UK, we already get a Scout-badged version of the Octavia in this country.
Skoda says it has sold more than 105,000 Rapid Spacebacks in Europe since the car's launch in 2013, with 72,400 models sold last year.
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