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Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo to be reintroduced as Skoda Rapid Edition X

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Following a lawsuit by clothing company Monte Carlo over the usage of the “Monte Carlo” moniker, Skoda India has reintroduced the Rapid Monte Carlo edition as the Rapid Edition X. The Skoda Rapid Edition X carries the same features as the Monte Carlo edition.

The advertisement seen here features a two-tone exterior theme and alloy wheels identical to the Monte Carlo edition. It gets black radiator grille, gloss black ORVM housings, and 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. Other cosmetic additions include a black trunk lid spoiler, black grained rear diffuser and black roof foil. The two colour choices include Flash Red and Candy White. Monte Carlo flag badge on the B-pillar seems to have been removed.

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On the inside, the special edition Skoda Rapid features a leather-clad flat-bottomed steering wheel and gear knob with contrasting red detailing. The “Monte Carlo” embossing on the seat back is unlikely to feature now. It also gets stainless foot pedals, piano black AC vents and sporty textile mats with red stitching.

The Rapid Monte Carlo was launched on 22 August 2017 at a starting price of INR 10.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 1.6 L petrol manual variant. Its relaunch as the Skoda Rapid Edition X is unlikely to affect pricing.

Engine choices include a 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine (105 PS/153 Nm) paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and a 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine (110 PS/250 Nm) with a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic.