Details of the new Skoda Rapid Spaceback have been revealed, ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Although based on the existing Rapid saloon, the Spaceback is all new from the B-pillar back and, despite sharing the saloon’s 2,602mm wheelbase, is 180mm shorter overall thanks to the new body shape.

The boot offers 415 litres of storage with the seats in place, or 1,380 litres when folded flat.

A double floor allows the cargo area to be divided into two horizontal levels, while handy features such as the ice scraper stored in the fuel filler cap and the safety vest holder under the driver’s seat carry across from the Rapid saloon.

Four petrol and two diesel engines will be available from launch, with power outputs ranging from 75hp to 120hp.  A new 1.6-litre TDI engine with 88hp will make its debut in the GreenLine model, and is expected to return 74.3mpg while emitting just 99g/km of CO2.

Individualisation options will be a strong-point, Skoda says.  Options will include a large panoramic glass roof that reaches from the windscreen to the rear window.

The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback will launch in European markets starting in October 2013.