2022 Skoda Fabia gains sporty Monte Carlo model

2022 Skoda Fabia gains sporty Monte Carlo model

The new Skoda Fabia won’t get a hot vRS model, but the Monte Carlo has returned as a performance-inspired range-topper with design changes and a new engine. 

Joining the SE L and Colour Edition at the top end of the Fabia range, the Monte Carlo offers a choice of two engines: a 1.0-litre 108bhp petrol that will get you from 0-62mph in 9.9sec or a more powerful 1.5-litre turbo petrol delivering 148bhp and a 0-62mph time of 8.0sec. 

Both engines can be selected with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, while a six-speed manual is reserved for the 1.0-litre engine only. 

It’s the first time this 1.5-litre engine, used in several Skoda models including the Kamiq, Octavia and Scala, has appeared on the Fabia. It’s also the most powerful version of Skoda’s supermini since the 177bhp Fabia vRS of 2010.

The Monte Carlo is also equipped with a host of exterior design changes to distinguish the model from the standard Fabia. 

Each model is fitted with a black front grille and a new front apron with wider air intakes. The rear diffuser, side skirts and window surrounds are finished in black and the Monte Carlo badge is emblazoned on each wing.

The Monte Carlo is also equipped with 17in wheels, with larger 18in wheels available as an option. 

Inside, the Monte Carlo gains sports seats with a theme of black and red, a decorative strip across the dashboard, carbonfibre-effect trim and contrasting stitching. 

Technology options are similar to the standard Fabia. An 8.0in infotainment touchscreen is standard (upgradable to a 9.2in unit) with smartphone connectivity, as is Skoda’s Virtual Cockpit display.

“This latest Monte Carlo variant brings the significantly more emotive design of the new, fourth-generation Fabia sharply into focus,” said Skoda design head Oliver Stefani.