The launch of the new Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo variant completes the fourth-generation Fabia range from the Czech manufacturer. With new black body details, red-accented interior, and carbon detailing, the Monte Carlo is sportier than ever before.
Drawing on the brand’s numerous motorsport victories at the legendary rally, the new Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo offers a choice of two engines. There’s a triple-cylinder 1.0-litre, and a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI, with power outputs of 110 PS and 150 PS respectively.
Four trim levels – the S, SE Comfort, SE L and Colour Edition ensure that drivers have a range of standard and optional features to choose from. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo…
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo Powertrains
Two advanced engines offer high levels of efficiency. Both are from Volkswagen Group’s EVO generation and meet the stringent Euro 6d emissions standard, making the Monte Carlo a good choice for those driving in emission-controlled zones.
The three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine produces 110 PS. It comes with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic seven-speed DSG. The direct-injection TSI engine features an ultra-thin plasma-coated layer instead of cast-iron cylinder liners, which lowers internal friction. The new four-cylinder 1.5 TSI Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo is particularly dynamic.
Meanwhile, the range-topping 1.5 TSI engine has an output of 150 PS and coupled with a seven-speed DSG as standard, accelerates the car from 0 to 62 mph in 8 seconds, achieving a top speed of 139 mph. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are lowered thanks to active cylinder technology, which automatically shuts down two of the four cylinders when engine load is low.
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo Exterior
A sporty, dynamic design is underscored by the Monte Carlo’s black Škoda grille, model-specific front and rear aprons, a black rear diffuser and standout wing mirror caps. Further black accents create a sleeker appearance characterised by sharply drawn LED headlights
The athletic exterior also features Škoda lettering on the tailgate in black. While a black roof is available as an option. Embellished with Monte Carlo badges on the front wings and featuring tinted rear and side windows, the range-topping model has a sophisticated silhouette.
The Monte Carlo’s precision-cut headlights feature LED technology as standard, with full-LED headlights available as an option. These come with light-intensive low and high beams as well as cornering lights and an adaptive lighting function. The range of standard equipment also includes fog lights.
The Monte Carlo rolls out of the factory on gloss black 17-inch Procyon alloys wheels with removable, aerodynamically optimised plastic trims. The 18-inch Libra wheels are optional.
Thanks to modern details, such as the actively adjustable cooling shutter in the front bumper’s lower air inlet, and the extensive underbody cladding, the Monte Carlo sets a new benchmark in the small car segment with a drag coefficient (cd) from 0.28.
To improve aerodynamics, the cooling shutter’s actively adjustable slats automatically close when there is little need for cooling. This results in fuel savings of up to 0.2l per 100km when travelling at a constant speed of 120 km/h.
For every kilometre driven with the shutter closed, the new Fabia Monte Carlo emits up to five grams less CO2. A drive in the right direction for motorists who want to cut down on their carbon footprint.
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo Interior
With sports seats, a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, carbon-fibre effect on the dashboard as well as black and red design details, the Monte Carlo continues the tradition of its predecessors.
The interior is predominantly black and features a touch of red on the covers of the sports seats with integrated headrests, which come as standard. The horizontal decorative strip on the dashboard, and parts of the centre console also exhibit a red finish. While the roof lining and roof pillars are black.
Included as standard equipment in the Monte Carlo is the new LED ambient lighting, which illuminates the decorative dashboard trim in red. The specification also includes illumination of the centre console and the front door handles. There are LED reading lights in the front and rear, too.
The Virtual Cockpit comes with a 10.25-inch customisable digital display, exclusively for the Monte Carlo, offering a model-specific layout. It displays logos of radio stations, covers of music albums and stored pictures of callers, among other things. Furthermore, the map can zoom in on junctions and display them in a separate window.
Other optional extras include a heated steering wheel and a heated windscreen for increased safety in winter.
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo Safety Features
Just like the other models in the range, the sporty Monte Carlo variant features up to nine airbags. This includes airbags for the driver and front passenger, curtain airbags, and front side airbags as standard.
This, teamed with several other features, make the Monte Carlo one of the safest vehicles in its segment. This is further confirmed by its five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Built on the MQB-A0 modular platform, the car’s active and passive safety has increased even further. Assistance systems such as Travel Assist and Park Assist, are now included in the new Monte Carlo.
When equipped with the optional Travel Assist feature, the Fabia Monte Carlo provides automatic support with longitudinal and lateral steering. The system can activate several assistance systems at the touch of a button. At speeds of up to 130mph, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) automatically adjusts the speed of the car to that of vehicles ahead.
The improved Side Assist feature is another optional extra. This warns the driver of vehicles up to 70 metres away that want to overtake or are in the car’s blind spot.
Park Assist lends a hand with parking manoeuvres. It works at speeds of up to 25 mph displaying suitable parallel and bay parking spaces. If desired, it can take over the driver’s steering work.
Manoeuvre Assist detects an obstacle in front of or behind the car during parking and applies the brakes automatically.
Traffic Sign Recognition, and Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection are also available.
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo Connectivity
There is a choice of two infotainment systems for the new Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo. The options include the Bolero radio with 8-inch colour display, which comes as standard, to the top-of-the-line Amundsen system, which offers a 9.2-inch touchscreen that can also be operated by gesture control and the Laura digital voice assistant.
The Monte Carlo is always online thanks to a built-in eSIM. This enables it to access not only web radio but also an extensive range of services from Škoda Connect and infotainment apps. Smartphones can be connected to the car via Wireless SmartLink and inductively charged in the optional Phone Box.
Further specs and prices for the new Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo will be revealed soon.