Skoda India is all set to take over automobile industry later this year. With the launch of 3 of their most exclusive cars, they are all set to take over the highly competitive sedan segment with their Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo and most probably the 7-seater SUV segment with the Skoda Kodiaq. The Octavia vRS will be their first addition to sole performance market.
Skoda India has confirmed earlier today that the Skoda Rapid – Monte Carlo Edition and their massively exclusive Skoda Octavia vRS will be launched later this month. The launch of Rapid is scheduled to be in a couple of days, whereas the Octavia RS launch may be delayed until next month.
The plans for bringing the Skoda Kodiaq are still on and we’ll probably get to see the SUV on-road later this year.
Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo
The Rapid Monte Carlo edition is based on the same platform as the existing ongoing model but it is definitely improved to meet the modern standards.
The limited edition Monte Carlo edition will only be available in a red colour variant. Interiors are kept black to maintain the vehicle’s overall black theme that includes 16″ Alloy Wheels, front grille, rear spoiler and the diffuser. There is a new red contrast stitching on the seats and upholstery with drilled-metal finish pedals, faux carbon panels and the flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel with a bit of red contrast stitching too.
The heart saw no changes and is same as before, the 1.6 Liter Petrol and a 1.5 Liter diesel engine, producing around 110 Bhp of peak power. Both the engines have options to go for either automatic or manual transmission.
The Price of this limited edition Rapid is expected to be ₹20,000 to ₹25,000 higher than the regular Skoda rapid. The deliveries are expected to commence by next month.
Skoda Octavia vRS 230
Hell Yeah! The car that we are curiously expecting since years is finally set to launch soon. This time, Skoda India has ensured that they’re not only bringing in their flagship Octavia, but its massively popular performance version, the Octavia vRS too.
The Skoda Octavia vRS 230 sports a very powerful 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Petrol engine that churns out 230 Bhp of Peak Power. The engine is mated to a 6-Speed Manual and a 6-Speed Dual-Clutch DSG Automatic Transmission.
Moreover, there is a new spoiler, massive looking alloys, new set of LED DRLs at the front and new LED tail-lights dual-chrome exhaust tips.
Coming to the interiors, the Red contrast stitching all across the cabin looks very appealing. There is a new 9.2″ touchscreen MMI and even more safety features such as the hands-free parking, lane assist, blindspot detection, ABS, ESP, 9-Airbags and an improved multi-function steering wheel with contrast stitching and embossed vRS emblem.
The instrument panel is vRS specific and there will also be a logo imprinted on door sills. Ambient lighting will also be available across the cabin in upto 10 different colour settings.
The vRS variant of the Octavia will be available will an all-wheel drive capability.
Skoda’s big SUV is all set to debut later this year and is also spotted several times testing this far.
The SUV is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform that it shares with many more vehicles under the Volkswagen-Audi group. This is the first ever 7-Seater SUV from the Skoda.
The SUV is equipped with full LED headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tail-lights. Other major features include panoramic sunroof, 8″ touch-screen MMI that also supports Apple Car-Play and Anrdroid Auto, Dual-zone climatronic air-conditioner, heated steering wheel, electric front seats, 360 degree parking sensors, ambient lighting and automatic tailgate operation.
There are a range of engine options available such as a base 1.4 Liter Turbocharged Petrol, a bigger 1.8 Liter Turbocharged Petrol and a 2.0 Liter Diesel engine. However, diesel engines are expected to be launched prior to the petrol ones. The Kodiaq has All Wheel Drive capability and adaptive cruise control.