Skoda Auto India is set to launch the Monte Carlo edition of its most affordable sedan Rapid in India this month.

Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo India
The black roof, wing mirrors and grill stand out on the new shade

Prior to the launch of the Octavia RS and Kodiaq this year, Czech carmaker Skoda is gearing up to bring the Monte Carlo edition of its Rapid in India with bookings now open. The Skoda Rapid received a makeover in 2016 to bring it in line with Skoda’s Crystalline design language. The smooth and curvy styling was changed to sharp and edgy, which made the car look decidedly more premium and elegant. The Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo launch has been set for mid-August while deliveries are slated to commence from September.

The Monte Carlo edition is a cosmetic update over the regular Rapid and there are no mechanical changes. It will be offered in two engine options, a 1.6-litre petrol motor that produces 103 HP of power and 153 Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre diesel mill that churns out 109 HP of power and 250 Nm of torque. Apart from the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, the former is offered with an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox while the latter can be had with a 7-speed DSG transmission.

On the outside, the front grill, roof, rear spoiler, alloy wheels and wing mirrors are finished in black. A new red shade will be introduced on which the black highlights will really stand out. The interiors get an all-black treatment with contrast stitching on the seats and a flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel. Faux-carbon fibre trim will break the monotony of black colour across the cabin. Aluminium pedals, aluminium scuff plates and floor mats will also be offered.

The special edition could be priced at a premium of around Rs. 40,000 from the regular Rapid trims. In the Indian market, the sedan goes against the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna. On another note, Skoda had also introduced MySkoda app to improve the experience of its customers.

Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Launch

– India-launch in mid-August, deliveries from September
– Exteriors get black highlights and a new red shade
– All-black interior with faux-carbon fibre accents on the dashboard
– Continues with the same engine-transmission combinations

Skoda Rapid Dashboard
Unlike the black-beige combo of the regular Rapid, the Monte Carlo will get all-black layout