Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Edition bookings open

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It is developed on the MQB platform of Volkswagen and has common keystones with Skoda's Superb and the Octavia. The styling is based on the Skoda Vision S concept. The lights are all LEDs on the front as well as the back and the wheel arches are slightly angular. The engines will be coupled to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

The Indian launch is expected to come with 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine mated 7-speed DSG transmission. Another major attraction to the Kodiaq is the boot capacity, which is claimed to be the largest in the segment. The auto has the latest generation of the Skoda infotainment systems and the variety of driver assistance systems.

Skoda is expected to find a good chunk of takers among the rising number of enthusiasts for the Octavia vRS.

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The Monte Carlo is famous in Europe and is offered with the Euro-spec Rapid and the current-gen Fabia. Now although this high-performance sedan is available globally in both petrol and diesel forms, the vRS for India will come in the full-fat 230bhp petrol avatar. The 2-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will produce 177 bhp and peak torque of 320 Nm.

The front fascia of the new Octavia RS gets new headlamps and adaptive front lighting along with a sporty bumper and mesh grille. The Monte Carlo Edition is likely to be equipped with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, climate control with rear vents, electric mirrors, ABS and airbags among others. It also gets flat-bottom three spoke steering wheel, lane-assist, and blind spot management.

The cars will be manufactured in Maharashtra in the company's Aurangabad facility. He also said that Skoda is evaluating the Kaaroq small SUV for India. As officially confirmed, Skoda Kodiaq SUV will hit the Indian roads in the Q4 or fourth quarter of 2017, while the Octavia RS and the Rapid Monte Carlo edition will be available in showrooms from this month. Watch this space for more updates.

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