Skoda India has brought back their Monte Carlo marque with the Rapid sedan. The Monte Carlo Edition is based on the top-end variant of the Skoda Rapid and it gets many enhancements. The Rapid Monte Carlo will be introduced at an ex-showroom price of Rs 11.16 lakh in exclusive Flash Red colour.
The car will offer a distinctive black design accents and race-inspired interiors. It gets a black Skoda signature grille, gloss black mirrors, projector headlamps with chrome eyelashes and LED daytime running lights. Other highlights on the Monte Carlo edition includes 16-inch dual tone alloy wheels, glossy black decor on B pillars with Monte Carlo flag badge, black tailgate spoiler, black roof and blacked out sporty diffuser.
On the inside, Rapid Monte Carlo gets three-spoke flat bottom multi-function steering wheel, leather wrapped gear knob with red stitching and the leather seats also get vertical stripes on them for that sporty feel. It also offers a 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports connectivity features like Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Zac Hollis, director, Sales, Service, and Marketing, Skoda Auto India, said,
We are glad to re-introduce the Monte Carlo marque in India. The Rapid Monte Carlo offers a compelling combination of the brand’s emotive design, exquisite interiors, leading safety as well as intelligent connectivity features. It is positioned at the upper end of its segment and targets discerning customers who wants a premium experience.
On the safety front, Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo gets dual airbags, ABS, five-point seatbelts and ESC, Hill Hold Control is also offered on both petrol and diesel automatic variants. Mechanically, the car remains the same. The Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo gets 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 108 Bhp and 153 Nm of peak torque.
The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre TDI engine that generates 103 Bhp – 250 Nm. Both the engines get a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. There is a 6-speed tiptronic (torque converter) automatic transmission with the petrol engine while the diesel engine gets 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. The Skoda Rapid is very similar to the Volkswagen Vento – it’s sibling from the sister brand.
An all-new Skoda Rapid sedan is in the works for the Indian market. However, it will arrive only in 2021. Until then, the existing car will continue to be on sale, with periodic refreshes such as the one launched just now. The all-new Rapid will use the MQB A0 platform, and will be sold with a turbo petrol engine. The diesel engine will be dumped and Skoda is likely to offer an CNG-Petrol option as a replacement.