Skoda recently launched the Monte Carlo variant of the Kushaq. It is the new top-end variant of the mid-size SUV. The Kushaq Monte Carlo starts at Rs. 15.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 19.49 lakhs ex-showroom. Now, Skoda has released the first TVC of the Kushaq Monte Carlo on their YouTube channel.
The Monte Carlo variant gets a lot of cosmetic changes over the regular Kushaq. The Skoda’s butterfly grille now gets a Glossy Black surround. On the side fenders, the Skoda badge is replaced with a Monte Carlo garnish.
There are new 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with red brake calipers. The outside rearview mirrors are finished in gloss black. The front diffuser is also finished in glossy black now.
On the door handles, there is a dark chrome and scuff plates get Monte Carlo written on them. The rear spoiler is now finished in a dual-tone shade of black and red. The rear diffuser and trunk garnish is also now black. The roof rails, roof and badging are also blacked-out now.
There are also hosts of changes to the interior. There is a big red insert on the dashboard, door pads and central console. The seats are now finished in black and red. There are aluminium pedals. The Monte Carlo variant is offered in Tornado Red with Carbon Steel roof and Candy White with Carbon Steel roof.
Engine and gearbox
Surprisingly, Skoda is offering the Monte Carlo variants with both the gearboxes and engine options. So, there is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm whereas the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque.
Both the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The 1.0 TSI also gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission whereas the 1.5 TSI gets a 7-speed DQ200 DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. If you get an automatic transmission then you also get paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel to take manual control of the gears.
The Monte Carlo variant comes with red ambient lighting and a digital instrument cluster. The infotainment system has also been updated with a red theme to match the interior. The front seats do get ventilation function, there is red stitching on the door pads and armrest.
Other features on offer are anti-glare outside rearview mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric sunroof, automatic wipers and headlamps, cruise control, rear parking camera, wireless charging and much more.
Being the top-end variant, Skoda is offering quite a bit of safety features. There is a tyre pressure monitoring system, 6 airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Roll Over Protection, Hill Hold Control, Electronic Differential Lock System, Multi Collision Braking, Anti-lock braking system, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control.