New model photographed with its production body for the first time

The next-generation Skoda Rapid has been spied at and around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

With the prototype clad from head-to-toe in camouflage, it’s hard to make out too many of the new Rapid’s styling details, although we can tell the next-generation model will stick with the same practical five-door layout as today’s vehicle.

Some elements, such as the company’s signature grille and bonnet shapes are also visible. It looks as though the brand will stick with its clean and functional design mantra as part of its positioning as the Volkswagen Group’s value brand.

According to Autocar the new car will be larger and closer in size to the current Volkswagen Golf. Unlike the Golf, however, it’s understood the new Rapid will be based on the MQB-A0 platform, which underpins light cars like the Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza.

The Golf, Seat’s own Octavia, and most other transverse-engined cars from the Volkswagen Group, including the much larger Volkswagen Atlas and Skoda Kodiaq, use the more expensive MQB component set.

Rumour has it the Rapid’s initial engine range, at least in Europe, will consist of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mill, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel.

Skoda recently sketched out the interior of the Vision RS Concept, which it will present at the upcoming Paris motor show. It’s quite possible this car will provide a sneak peek of the new Rapid and/or Fabia.