Does the SEAT Toledo Spaceback Make Sense?

SEAT Toledo Spaceback by X-Tomi 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
To get to the recently revealed Rapid Spaceback, Skoda took the front architecture from the Fabia, the rear from an older Golf and made a sedan with excellent practicality and a boot that opens like a hatchback. Then they chopped off the big boot to make it a hatchback.
We don't know if it will be as huge a success story or not, but we do know it will be built in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. That's the same place where Skoda builds the Mk4 Toledo for SEAT.

So, does this mean SEAT will have a hatchback version of the Toledo as well? Well, not necessarily. You see, Skoda doesn't have a compact hachback to begin with, but SEAT has the Leon.

The main difference between the Leon and this potential new hatchback model is the price. The Toledo is sold with the cheaper 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission.

The real hint about the possibility of a Toledo hatchback comes from SEAT themselves. In 2011, Skoda showed the "Design Concept" which previews the Spaceback and the MissionL that previewed the Rapid. SEAT only had one concept for the Toledo.

Rendering via X-Tomi Design
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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