The new trim – made popular on previous models throughout the range – pays homage to the car maker’s successful rally history and uses distinctive black elements and black ŠKODA lettering at the rear to give the SCALA an even sportier look.
The premiere of the SCALA Monte Carlo, which will be available on the complete range of engines, will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019, with the first vehicles expected in the UK from the beginning of 2020.
The frame of the distinctive ŠKODA grille flanked by full-LED headlights is finished in glossy black, and parts of the redesigned front apron also come in black. Black ŠKODA lettering takes the place of the central logo on the tailgate and the vehicle’s side profile is defined by black 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch optional) with a special Monte Carlo design, as well as black wing mirror caps and side sills. Standard equipment for the SCALA Monte Carlo trim includes SunSet tinted side windows, a panoramic roof and extended rear window complete with a black roof spoiler. A black rear diffuser and black model designations as well as full-LED tail lights round off the sporty appearance of the new SCALA range-topper.
The height-adjustable sports seats come with integrated headrests and special Monte Carlo upholstery, and the decorative trims and instrument cluster also feature a unique Monte Carlo design.The multifunction sports steering wheel is covered in perforated leather bearing the same red decorative seams as the leather finish for the gearstick and handbrake lever. Red LED ambient lighting illuminates the centre console, footwells and door storage compartments and handles.
The air vents in the instrument panel have a chrome look, and the Monte Carlo also includes LED reading lights. Aluminium-design pedals, special floor mats, SCALA lettering on the door sills and a black roof lining round off the sporty interior.
Heritage of a rally icon
The Monte Carlo designation refers to the urban district of the Principality of Monaco, which is synonymous with glitz and glamour – as well as over one hundred years of motor racing history. First held in 1911, the Monte Carlo Rally has the longest tradition of all the events forming part of today’s World Rally Championship series, and ŠKODA achieved some of its greatest motor racing successes there.
In 1936, for example, the ŠKODA POPULAR SPORT came second in its category, while in 1977, the ŠKODA 130 RS took first and second place in its class. The rally versions of the ŠKODA FABIA have also been extremely successful at the event.
Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, said: “With the new Monte Carlo version, we are putting even greater emphasis on the SCALA’s sporty and dynamic character – specifically designed for a younger target audience which appreciates sportiness and an emotive, lifestyle-focused design.”