Skoda Australia has bulked up the Rapid small hatch range with the addition of the up-spec Monte Carlo model, which lands in Australia next month alongside a broader range revamp.
Replacing the Rapid Elegance 90TSI, the Rapid Monte Carlo (overseas model shown) brings a sportier flavour to the top end of the Rapid range, as well as added equipment.
Pricing starts at $22,990 for the manual-only 81TSI, with the auto-only Rapid Monte Carlo 92TSI DSG priced at $25,790 - $2040 more expensive than the auto-equppied Rapid Elegance 90TSI model that it replaces.
The extra spend, however, is more than offset by the Monte Carlo's fatter standard equipment list.
It offers as standard a panoramic glass sunroof, xenon headlamps, black 17-inch alloy wheels and privacy glass - items that were previously cost options.
That's in addition to equipment that carries over from the Elegance spec, including reverse parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, dusk-sensing headlamps and foglamps.
The Monte Carlo is also the first Rapid model to be available with an integrated sat-nav system, with a 6.5-inch nav-enabled touchscreen optional as part of the $1900 tech package. A 5-inch infotainment display is standard.
To set it apart from the rest of the Rapid range, the Monte Carlo boasts blacked out headlamp and foglamp housings, a black grille, black mirror caps and the aformentioned 17-inch black alloys.
Inside, there's a carbon-style dash insert, black instrument panel and unique door sill plates.
The Rapid's arrival also heralds some minor updates for the full Rapid range. For one, the 'Ambition' moniker has been dropped, with the base model now simply called 'Rapid'.
Both the 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre turbo petrol engines that power the range are now upgraded to be Euro 6 emissions compliant, and get mild power increases of 3kW and 2kW respectively.
The Rapid also gets a 5-inch touch-screen ‘Swing’ radio as standard, though there's no mention if Skoda's SmartLink system (which brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity) is available.
The price of entry falls by $1000, with the Rapid 81TSI manual retailing for $17,990.
The auto-only Rapid 92TSI falls by $900 to rest at $20,990, making the Rapid one of the most affordable small hatches on the market today. Full pricing below:
- Rapid 81TSI manual: $17,990
- Rapid 92TSI auto: $20,990
- Rapid Monte Carlo 81TSI manual: $22,990
- Rapid Monte Carlo 92TSI auto: $25,790
- Image Pack (Rapid only): $1500
- Tech Pack (Rapid Monte Carlo only): $1900
- Metallic/pearl paint: $500
All prices do not include on-road costs
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