The announcement came at the Beijing motor show where Skoda will build and sell the car in 2013 after its European debut later this year.
Based on the MissionL concept shown at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, the Skoda Rapid will slot between the Skoda Fabia and Skoda Octavia, expanding Skoda’s range to seven vehicles. It is expected to join Skoda Australia's line-up sometime in 2013.
While the new Skoda Rapid will share engine and transmission technology from its parent, Volkswagen Group, the Czech hatch will not be based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB multi-vehicle platform, as the brand attempts to reduce production costs and delays.
A version of the MissionL concept that has been modified to engage the local audiences is on display at the Beijing show.
The first time Skoda used the Rapid name was in 1984 on a two-door coupe variant of the Skoda 130 sedan.