Skoda has finally taken the wraps off the 2012 Rapid which is expected to make its way into India in 2013. The sedan will replace the current Rapid which is essentially the Volkswagen Vento. The Rapid is the first Skoda to receive the brand’s all new design philosophy which will be seen on most of its cars in the next few years. There are familiar Skoda cues like the wide grille and boxy taillights. The overall design though has become crisper and more angular.

The Rapid is 4.48m long and 1.7m wide, and will be offered with a wide choice of five petrol and two diesel engines and there is also an option of a vRS version. More information of the engine and the trim levels will be known at the 2012 Paris motor show in September.

The liftback boot lid gives it a coupe-like silhouette shape while at the rear the car’s boot design is similar to that of the Rapid on sale in India. The taillights are in the brand’s typical C shape, and according to Skoda the Rapid is ‘clear, precise, fresh and emotional’.