Skoda Auto India has introduced the Rapid Monte Carlo in India with prices starting from INR 10.75 lakh (ex-showroom India). The Rapid Monte Carlo follows Skoda’s claim of ‘One Nation. One Price’ and is inspired from the brand’s long heritage of motorsports. The Rapid Monte Carlo will be available in two select dual- colour options: Flash Red with black roof and Candy White with black roof.
Black design features underline Rapid Monte Carlo’s appearance. The black radiator grille and the black wing mirror housings along with the rear black tailgate spoiler are aimed to accentuate the sportiness of the car. The Rapid Monte Carlo also features dual tone 16-inch alloy wheels and the rear black grained diffuser. A Monte Carlo badge features on each of the B-pillars.
Interiors pays homage to Skoda’s Motor Sport heritage. The three-spoke super sports flat bottom steering wheel is covered in black perforated leather and red decorative stitching. The gearstick knob also comes in black leather with red, decorative stitching. The driver and passengers sit on special sporty Monte Carlo leatherette seats in a black/red design with grey vertical stripes. The front door sill bears the Monte Carlo lettering and the black floor mats feature black, decorative stitching. The ribbed stainless steel pedals and sporty graphic instrument cluster further add to the overall sporty experience.
The Rapid Monte Carlo boasts of a 460L boot space and other intelligent storage solutions with bottle holders in the doors, storage compartment under front Centre armrest and cup holders in front as well as rear.
The car will come with new-generation petrol and diesel engines from the Rapid’s model range. The 1.5 litre TDI produces 110PS (81kW) of power and a torque output of 250 Nm while delivering a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.72 kmpl (DSG) and 21.13 kmpl (MT). The 1.6 litre MPI or the Multi-point Injection engine is at the heart of the Rapid’s Petrol Variant. With Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) 16 valves, it delivers 105 PS (77kW) of power and a peak torque output of 153Nm while delivering claimed fuel efficiency figures of 15.41 kmpl (MT) and 14.84 kmpl (AT).
Standard equipment in the Monte Carlo range includes ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), daytime running lights, five three-point seat belts and two- airbags. In addition, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is available in DSG variant and Hill Hold Control is available in both AT Petrol and AT Diesel variants.
A host of supporting functions include Parktonic Rear Parking Sensors, Automatically dimming rear view mirror and One Touch Anti Pinch technology for windows. In addition, the comfort features available are a central locking system with remote control; a multifunctional display; height- adjustable driver and front passenger seats; and storage pockets on the back of the front seats. It will also come with revolutionary Climatronic technology along with adjustable dual rear AC vents thus making the car your utopia of comfort.
The Monte Carlo also features Rain Sensing Wiper system, cruise control, adjustable headrests and foldable armrests, cooled glove box, rear view camera and leading leg room.
Monte Carlo also comes with a 6.5 inch, Colour Touchscreen Central Infotainment System, ‘Drive’. It comes equipped with SmartLink technology which will help occupants control selected apps like navigation straight on the infotainment screen and ensure seamless connectivity with your smartphone to keep you connected on the go, while also supporting USB/Aux-in/Bluetooth/SD Card options. All the installed applications are certified as safe for vehicles and are compatible with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Below are the variant wise prices of the Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo:
|New Rapid Monte Carlo||Price Ex – showroom|
|1.6 MPI MT||INR 1,075,347|
|1.6 MPI AT||INR 1,197,672|
|1.5 TDI MT||INR 1,246,096|
|1.5 TDI AT||INR 1,357,709|