Skoda India, the Indian subsidiary of popular Czech automaker, launched the Octavia facelift earlier this year. It’s now planning to even launch the much anticipated Kodiaq 7-seater SUV along with special editions of its existing models. One such upcoming Skoda car in India is the Rapid Monte Carlo. This car has been kitted up to pay homage to the Skoda’s racing heritage. Back in Europe, this bespoke trim is available on Rapid, Fabia, Yeti and Citigo. Read on for more on the India-spec Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo special edition model.
This edition will bring in most of the features and cosmetic upgrades that are available in the international markets. The upper-C-segment sedan gets a red exterior paint along with an all-black trim for the interior. Other than this, the car also gets some more black-painted bits like an all-black grille, black-painted ORVM caps and black-painted 16-inch alloy wheels. The car also gets a lip-spoiler for the tailgate. The interior gets aluminum finish for the scuff plates, a flat bottom steering wheel and faux carbon fibre trim. The black seat upholstery comes with contrasting red stitching.
In India, the Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo will come with the same engines that power the regular car. This means you’ll get to choose between a 1.5-litre Turbo Diesel and a 1.6-litre Naturally Aspirated petrol. While the petrol engine outputs 103 BHP, the oil burner goes on to offer 108 BHP. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission as standard. While you can also order the petrol Rapid with a six-speed torque converter automatic, the Diesel model offers a seven-speed DSG.
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Launch Date
|Model||Expected Launch Date|
|New Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo||October 2018|
It may be noted here that Skoda India won’t bring the international-spec Rapid here. No, not yet. Instead, the India-spec Rapid, which is based on the now defunct Fabia, will receive the Monte Carlo treatment for the Indian market. We’re expecting a festive season launch. Watch this space for the official launch date. We’ll update this section as soon as the manufacturer releases some official details.
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Price in India
|Minimum Price||Rs. 9.50 lakh|
|Maximum Price||Rs. 13.00 lakh|
The Monte Carlo edition for the Rapid could cost roughly Rs 30,000 more than the regular model. We expect the prices to start at roughly Rs 9.50 lakh and go all the way to Rs 13,00 lakh for the top-end model. The premium this limited version will command over the regular trims will be justified through the cosmetic updates and the distinct look this car will offer.
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2017 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Specifications
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.6 L Petrol/1.5 L Diesel|
|Power||103 BHP/108 BHP|
|Torque||153 Nm/250 Nm|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed MT or 6-speed AT/5-speed MT or 7-speed AT (DSG)|
The Monte Carlo special edition for this sedan will be available with the same set of engines that power the standard trims. The engine options include a 1.5-litre TDI Diesel engine and a 1.6-litre MPI Petrol engine.
The Diesel engine on offer here outputs a max. power of 108 BHP at 3,750 RPM and a peak torque of 250 Nm between 1,500-3,000 RPM. The Petrol engine, on the other hand, outputs 103 BHP and 153 Nm. Both these engines come mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission as standard. However, while you can order the Petrol engine with a 6-speed toque converter Automatic Transmission, the oil burner can be bought with a 7-speed DSG.
2017 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Mileage
|Petrol||15.41 KMPL (MT) & 14.84 KMPL (AT)|
|Diesel||21.13 KMPL (MT) & 21.72 KMPL (AT)|
As the engines come from the standard variants, the mileage that the Monte Carlo special edition will offer shall also remain the same. The Petrol engine will deliver around 15.41 KMPL with a manual gearbox and 14.84 KMPL with an automatic. The Diesel engine will deliver around 21.13 KMPL with a manual gearbox and around 21.72 KMPL with the DSG. While not as frugal as, say, the Maruti Ciaz, this car still offers a pretty decent fuel efficiency.
2017 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Features
- Black Surround for the front grille
- All black interiors
- Smoked tail lights
- Black skirting for front and rear bumpers
- Smoked headlamps
- New black alloy wheels
- Badging on B-pillar
- Side view mirrors finished in black
- Black side skirts
- Black lip spoiler
- Contrast stitching on back upholstery for the interiors.
Just like the international versions, the India-spec Rapid will get many cosmetic upgrades. The upgrades will be found on both the exterior and the interior of the new model. These additional features are similar to those the international model offers.
2017 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Exterior, Interior
As you can read in the section above, the New Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Special Edition will feature a very sporty black colour theme all around. Among the highlights of the design of this limited version will be a black roof, new black alloys wheels and black interiors. Also, the chrome seen on the standard car will be ditched in favour of a sportier black theme. Expect the existing set of colours options to get the Monte Carlo makeover. Also, there will be a new shade of red available.
On the inside, the beige will be replaced by black. The seats will get contrasting stitching that will lend the cabin a very sporty feel. Other additions might include a flat-bottom steering. Other features will remain the same as the standard model.
New Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Special Edition Dimensions
|Wheel Type and Size||16” Alloys|
|Boot Space||460 L|
There is no change in the dimensions. Hence, in terms of size, the upcoming limited edition will be the same as the regular variants
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Special Edition – Other Details
|Displacement||1.6 L Petrol/1.5 L Diesel|
|Maximum Power||103 BHP/108 BHP|
|Maximum Torque||153 Nm/250 Nm|
|No. of Cylinders||4|
|Gearbox||5-speed Manual,6-speed Automatic/5-speed Manual, 7-speed DSG|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Overall Length||4413 mm|
|Overall Width||1699 mm|
|Overall Height||1466 mm|
|Ground Clearance||163 mm|
|Gross Vehicle Weight||1750 kg|
|Turning Radius||5.3 metres|
|Number of Seating Rows||2 Rows|
|Number of Doors||4 Doors|
|Boot Space||460 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 litres|
|Front Brakes||Disc brakes with inner cooling with single piston floating caliper|
|Front Suspension||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser|
|Rear Suspension||Compound link crank-axle|
|Front Tyre||185/60 R15|
|Rear Tyre||185/60 R15|
|Wheels||6.0J x 15|
We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the latest news updates on the launch date and price of the new 2017 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Special Edition.
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