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by Tim Beissmann

A lightly camouflaged prototype of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback has been spied a few months out from its official unveiling.

Fake tail-lights and Fabia badges do little to disguise the true identity of the new Rapid Spaceback wagon variant, which shares its angular lines with the Rapid liftback sedan that launched in Europe late last year.

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The Skoda Rapid Spaceback appears to hit a unique midpoint between small hatchback and wagon, with generously sized rear windows lining the rear cargo area.

It’s unclear at this stage how the Spaceback’s boot will stack up compared with that of the liftback, which Skoda claims is class leading at 530 litres.

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The Rapid liftback will be sold in Australia with the choice of two turbocharged petrol engines – a 77kW/175Nm 1.2-litre and a 90kW/200Nm 1.4-litre – while a frugal 1.6-litre diesel option will follow later on.

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is destined to debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show before going on sale in Europe in the final quarter of the year.

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The Rapid liftback made its Australian debut at last year’s Sydney motor show and is set to go on sale locally in the coming months. It will sit between the city-sized Fabia and the larger Octavia and is expected to wear a sub-$20K starting price.

The Spaceback is tipped to follow, though not until 2014 if it gets the nod from Skoda Australia. CarAdvice contacted Skoda for comment and will update the story when we hear more.

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