Skoda Rapid Spaceback makes global debut at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback made its global debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, as part of the strategy of Czech carmaker Skoda to introduce eight new or face-lifted models before the end of 2013.  The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback is merging the carmaker's established attributes with distinct styling as well as exceptional functionality, bringing fresh and dynamic design to the typically conservative area of the compact hatchback market.

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback's bold design language and character reinforces the Czech carmaker's reputation as a forward-thinking brand.

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback features a number of personalization options that enable customers to have their units built according to their preferences. For instance, a customer could opt to install a large panoramic glass roof and add extended tailgate glazing on his own Rapid Spaceback.

Aside from that, the Rapid Spaceback offers a roomy rear, with passengers getting what is considered as the best-in-the-class knee- and headroom. It also features a boot of 415 liters -- extendable to 1,380 liters -- making the Rapid Spaceback a practical hatchback in its own right.

The Rapid Spaceback builds on the strengths of the standard Rapid while featuring new steering wheels, new upholstery fabrics and new trim. 

Rapid Spaceback also boasts of 'Simply Clever' features like a dual-level boot floor, ice-scraper inside the fuel cap, and a number of holders, nets and hooks in the interior. The Rapid Spaceback is powered by any of four petrol and two diesel engines, including a GreenLine version that boasts of emitting just 99 g/km of carbon dioxide.

The side profile of the new Skoda Rapid Spaceback looks sportier and more stretched than other hatchback models, indicating Skoda’s aim to stand out from its rivals both visually and functionally. The silhouette of the new Skoda Rapid Spaceback is defined by clear lines, a sharp, high tornado line as well as a long wheelbase that measures 2,602 mm. Since the Rapid Spaceback has a C- and a D-pillar, it also features a third side window. Thankfully, the slender pillars and the generous window areas means the interior gets more natural light and feels more spacious.

Skoda is making sure that the Rapid Spaceback could further be improved by offering the massive optional panoramic glass roof that stretches from the windshield to the rear window, thereby offering a better view of the sky above. This panoramic glass roof – the largest available in a Skoda with dimensions of 1,713 mm by 1,155 mm – allows the vehicle’s occupant to enjoy ample light and large viewing space of 1,210 mm by 780 mm.

Interestingly, the massive panoramic roof of the new Skoda Rapid Spaceback visually matches the elongated rear window. In this configuration, the glazing area extends from the windshield over the glass roof then to the tailgate. Compared to the regular rear window of the Rapid Spaceback, the black tinted rear window extends around 10 cm farther into the hatchback.

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