Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo has just been launched. It’s basically another trim level for the Skoda Kushaq that was launched last year. The new variant pays tribute to Skoda’s motorsport heritage along with the success of the brand’s India 2.0 project. Cosmetically, the Kushaq Monte Carlo gets a blacked-out treatment along with new 17-inch alloy wheels. Mechanically, it remains the same as the vanilla Skoda Kushaq.
Prices for the Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo start at Rs. 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.0-litre TSI variant with the manual gearbox. Prices go up to Rs. 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.5-litre TSI variant with the 7-speed DSG gearbox. The Monte Carlo is essentially the Style variant with a bit of added features. It will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Mahindra XUV 700, Tata Harrier and its own cousin, the Volkswagen Taigun.
Under the hood, the Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo edition gets the same engine options as the vanilla Skoda Kushaq. The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine makes 114bhp and 178Nm of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or can be had with a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The other engine option is the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. This is paired with either a 6-speed automatic or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Let’s talk about the additions to the Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo edition. It gets a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels, whose design is inspired by the wheels on the Skoda Octavia RS 245. Other updates include a blacked-out treatment on all the existing chrome parts such as the grille, the front and rear skid plates, mirrors, roof rails, and the roof.
One thing Skoda has done to differentiate the 1.0-litre TSI variant with the 1.5-litre TSI variant is by giving red-painted brake calipers on the latter. Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo will be available in Candy White and Tornado Red colours.
On the inside, the general layout and design of the seats, door cards, and the dashboard of the Kushaq Monte Carlo is the same as the standard Kushaq. However, the interior now adorns red-coloured accents on the dashboard and the seats, while the door cards get a contrasting red-stitching.
The Kushaq Monte Carlo gets an 8-inch instrument cluster display from the Skoda Slavia, which is not available even on the top-end variants of the standard Kushaq. To go with the Monte Carlo look, the display gets an all-red theme.
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