Spy Shots: China-made Skoda Rapid Spaceback ready to Hit the Chinese auto market
Published on January 2, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots of the China-made Skoda Rapid Spaceback, it will be launched on the China car market in March.The Skoda Spaceback is the hatchback version of the Skoda Rapid sedan. The Chinese name is Xindong, best translated as ‘Action-Move’. The Spaceback will be aimed at hip & young people and comes in various variants. On top a mid-range car with a black grille and a gray roof.
The top-spec Spaceback with a chromed grille, sporty alloys, and a black roof.
The Skoda Rapid Spaceback will be made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture that also makes the Rapid sedan. New news on the engines: earlier on we heard the Spaceback would be powered by the same engines as the sedan: a 89hp 1.4 and a 109hp 1.6.
However, new reports in Chinese automotive media indicate the Spaceback will be powered by the 109hp 1.6 and by a 130hp 1.4 turbo. The latter is exclusive for the Spaceback and not available in the Rapid sedan. The 1.6 will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The 1.4 turbo to a 6-speed DSG. The more powerful engine also means that the Rapid Spaceback will be positioned much higher in the market than the Rapid sedan.
The low-spec Spaceback with simple wheel covers.
Different alloys yet again. This must be the speedy 1.4 turbo.
Low and top.