Skoda has released new images and an official video featuring the new Rapid, the latest compact saloon of the VW group. The style of the car has been strongly influenced by the MissionL concept, from which the Rapid also sourced its original size: 4,483 m long, 1,706 m wide and 1,461 m high, with a wheelbase of 2,602 m. The boot has a very large capacity, with a volume ranging between 500 and 1,490 litres.
Under the hood there are six engines, four petrol and two diesel: the entry-level of the range is the 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine with 75 hp and 112 Nm of torque. Then there’s the more aggressive four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit, producing 86 hp and 160 Nm in its standard version, or 105 hp and 175 Nm for those seeking more power. Topping the petrol offer is the 1.4-litre TSI engine with output rated at 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque.
Among the diesels we find the 1 .6-litre TDI, offered in two power configurations: 90 hp of output and 230 Nm of torque, and 105 hp and 250 Nm. It is not clear yet whether all of the six engines described above will be marketed in the UK. The new Skoda Rapid will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (29th September-14th October) and will go on sale this coming autumn.