IT'S not that long ago since the last thing you'd associate a Skoda with would be glitter and glamour.
But that's the thinking behind the new Monte Carlo trim level which the Czech maker is launching for its recently introduced Scala model. The name, says Skoda, is "synonymous with glitter and glamour - as well as over one hundred years of motor racing history."
It also celebrates the brand's successes in the Monte Carlo rally in which it has achieved successes going back as far as 1936 when the Skoda Popular Sport came second in its category. In 1977, the Skoda130RS took first and second place in its class while rally versions of the Fabia have also been extremely successful at the event in recent years.
The new trim features numerous black elements including a glossy black grille, which is flanked by full-LED headlights, parts of the redesigned front apron, wing mirror caps, side sills, alloy wheels. At the back the black theme is applied to the roof spoiler, diffuser and Skoda badging.
Red accents decorate the interior trim and standard equipment includes ‘SunSet' tinted side windows, a panoramic roof and extended rear window, height-adjustable sports seats with integrated headrests and special upholstery, leather-trimmed multifunction sports steering wheel, gear selector and handbrake lever.
Another red accent comes by way of the LED ambient lighting which illuminates the centre console, footwells and door storage compartments and handles.
The new Scala Monte Carlo will be available with the same engine choice as the rest of the Scala range and will be premiered at the Frankfurt motor show next week with first customer deliveries slated for later this year.