More details about ŠKODA’s limited edition version of the popular Fabia Monte Carlo model, named Monte Carlo Tech, have been released. It comes with improve specs over the standard model. This new vehicle is limited to just 1,000 examples. It features very sophisticated Amundsen satellite navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity at no additional cost to the customer.
The vehicle will also be getting the stunning sports-styled exterior, which features piano-black body trim, black door mirror covers, a black radiator grille top, smoked headlamps and a set of black 17-inch lightweight Trinity alloy wheels. The interior gets all black sports seats that have added side support.
The two Monte Carlo Tech versions get black roof lining, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, and a leather handbrake and gearstick gaiter. It gets silver kick plates and steel pedals as standard equipment. There are two color combinations for the ŠKODA Monte Carlo TECH: red with a black roof or white with a black roof.
It also comes with two engine options: a 1.2-litre TSI 105PS petrol (priced at £11,990 OTR) and a 1.6-litre TDI 105PS diesel (£12,960 OTR). For each variant, only 500 units will be made. With regards to payment, customers can choose a 7.9% APR Personal Contract Plan (PCP) or Hire Purchase (HP) agreement offered via ŠKODA Finance.
This offer comes with free servicing based on three years / 30,000 miles. In January 2011, the ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo was launched to commemorate one century of the Monte Carlo Rally, as well as to celebrate the 110th anniversary of its motorsport involvement. It was very successful in the UK market. Since the launch, over 4,000 units have been sold.
Regarding its five-car range, Škoda Auto has managed to create a strong foundation for it through the Škoda Fabia series. On the exterior, one can see how the elegant and bold lines have been utilized even to its smallest part. The innovations and clever yet simple solutions implemented show how this range makes use of the brand’s attention to detail.
Indeed, the family heritage of this supermini is obvious everywhere. However, it does not stop there as the brand will be coming out with a redesigned Škoda Fabia this spring of 2010. In addition to having a new face, the new Škoda Fabia will put focus as well on comfort and efficiency. Truly the redesign was not limited to simplify the face but goes all the way to the technical innovations inside. Starting with the front end, it now makes use of bold horizontal shapes. As a result, the Škoda Fabia looks lower despite the fact that its height remains the same.
Thus while it has a more dynamic appearance, the level of comfort remains the same. According to the brand, the main reason for the new design is owed to the advanced, and oftentimes, turbo-charged engines. These same engines, and a twin-charged version, made its first appearance on the Škoda Fabia. Due to the complete changes done to the engine programme, this made it necessary to redesign the front end and thus giving the brand the chance to make such changes.
Everything from the previous version of the Škoda Fabia was changed, from the bonnet, to how the headlamps are shaped, the floor area in the front, and the bumper and its mountings. Commenting on the comprehensive design, Development Executive Eckhard Scholz shares that under the redevelopment, each part was focused on. Going back to the redesign, the headlamps are now stretched to the front wings giving the side profile a look as if it was lengthened. Its rear lights are elegant and has the C-shaped graphic that Škoda is known for.
Overall, the Škoda Fabia’s new face is mainly defined by the three-dimensional headlamps and the new grille. The horizontal lines on these components help highlight the width of its front end. Still, even with all of the new features, the new Škoda Fabia remains to exemplify what the brand is all about. Jozef Kabaň, Chief Designer of Škoda, shares that the proportions of the new Škoda Fabia give it a more relaxed look. While the new face is more dynamic and confident, it is also more mature and with it more elegance.
It thus appeals to customers on an emotional level. Even with all of these changes, the qualities of the Škoda Fabia are still there. There is still the window surface with its visor-like appearance that envelops the passenger compartment. Škoda is also ensuring that the option to have matching roof paint is still there. It is not only the Škoda Fabia that has undergone changes but the Škoda Roomster and even the Škoda Fabia Combi had makeovers too. These two models have a new look for the exterior and interior, in addition to being fitted with various technical changes.
Despite the many changes, the qualities that made these two a success are still present. Take the Škoda Roomster for example. It still has that VarioFlex rear seat system which allows it to meet the needs of active people or even of families. While its boot volume is at 480 liters, this can be expanded, under the versatile system, to 1,810 liters. This shows why the Škoda Roomster remains to be the load-carrying champion.
Meanwhile for the Škoda Fabia Combi, luggage capacity with the rear seats in place is at 505 liters. However if they are placed flat, the same capacity can now accommodate up to 1,485 liters. The Fabia Combi is thus able to offers boot space that is more than what is generally offered in its class.