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Changes to the exterior include new blackened design elements on the outside including new 16-inch alloy-wheels, front grille, roof, rear spoiler and the faux diffuser. While on the inside, the sedan also gets race inspired add-ons, such as a new 3-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals, blackened dashboard and floor mats, Monte-Carlo lettering on the front-door sills and finally, seats wrapped in red and black leather.
Besides aesthetic add-ons, the Monte Carlo edition also gets a new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment with SmartLink, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, called ‘Drive’.
“The new Monte Carlo is an integral part of our model offensive strategy in India. It offers a compelling combination of the brand’s emotional design, exquisite interiors, and host of convenience features, leading safety as well as intelligent connectivity features. Positioned at the top end of the segment, it is targeted at the discerning customer who wants a premium experience,” said Ashutosh Dixit, Director of Sales, Service & Marketing, Škoda Auto India at the launch event.
Mechanically the car remains the same being available in two engine options, a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The petrol motor pumps out 103bhp of power and 153Nm of torque while the diesel motor produces 108bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Both the engines are available with the option of DSG transmission.
|Monte Carlo trim||Price (ex-showroom)|
|1.6 MPI MT||Rs 10.75 lakh|
|1.6 MPI AT||Rs 11.97 lakh|
|1.5 TDI MT||Rs 12.46 lakh|
|1.5 TDI AT||Rs 13.57 lakh|