New Skoda baby's got liftback

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Skoda has shown off the first teaser image of a concept car that is set to slip right into the middle of the Czech firm's range.

It comes with a rather less-than catchy name for now – MissionL – although Skoda says that is not the moniker that will make it to the boot lid of the production cars.

The intention is for it to slot right between the really rather compact Fabia supermini, and the surprisingly spacious Octavia hatchback to create a genuine family-sized rival to the likes of the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf.

But rather than call it a hatchback, those crazy Czechs have dubbed the Frankfurt-bound concept a liftback. Presumably this is just a fancy word for hatchback though, as it has also been confirmed there will be a more traditional saloon version for the Indian market.

We will get the same body style as the Russian and the Chinese markets, and the car appearing on the Frankfurt stand is in an almost production-ready state.



Suit-wearers at Skoda say the MissionL will indicate the look of future models from the company, of which there are set to be quite a few in the next couple of years.

"Revealing the look of our new compact model, the MissionL shows exactly the direction our brand is going to take," says Skoda board chairman Dr Winfried Vahland.

"The world premiere in Frankfurt gives a clear signal that Skoda is going full steam ahead now. We are going to present a new vehicle every six months over the next two or three years."