ŠKODA completes its new, fourth-generation FABIA range with the launch of its latest Monte Carlo variant.
The iconic name ŠKODA initially introduced exclusively for the FABIA has symbolised a sporty lifestyle since 2011. It commemorates the brand’s many victories at the legendary rally. The black body details underscore the new FABIA’s dynamic appearance, while the interior is characterised by red accents and carbon-look detailing on the armrests and dashboard. A choice of two engines deliver power outputs of 110PS and 150PS.
The sporty Monte Carlo variants have contributed to the FABIA’s success since 2011. They are inspired by the brand’s numerous motorsport victories at the legendary rally and complement the S, SE Comfort, SE L and Colour Edition trims. The powertrain options available for the Monte Carlo variant include a triple-cylinder 1.0-litre engine and a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI, with power outputs of 110PS and 150PS respectively.
The new FABIA Monte Carlo is characterised by athletic front and rear aprons and black design details. Featuring streamlined proportions, sharply drawn headlights and alloy wheels measuring up to 18 inches, the model looks particularly sporty.
Its numerous black design elements make the new FABIA Monte Carlo look even more athletic. In addition to the surround of the striking ŠKODA grille, the spoiler lip on the front apron also features a black finish, as do the wing mirror caps, decorative side skirt trim and the diffuser on the sports-styled rear apron. The ŠKODA lettering on the tailgate is black as standard, while a black roof is available as an option. Furthermore, the sleek range-topping model is adorned by Monte Carlo badges on the front wings and features tinted rear and side windows (SunSet).
The FABIA Monte Carlo’s precision-cut headlights feature LED technology as standard, with full-LED headlights available as an option, offering more light-intensive low and high beams as well as cornering lights and an adaptive lighting function. The range of standard equipment also includes fog lights. The new FABIA Monte Carlo rolls out of the factory on gloss black 17-inch Procyon alloys wheels with removable, aerodynamically optimised plastic trims, and the 18-inch Libra wheels are optional.
Thanks to sophisticated details, such as the actively adjustable cooling shutter in the front bumper’s lower air inlet and the extensive underbody cladding, the latest FABIA sets a new benchmark in the small car segment with a drag coefficient (cd) from 0.28. To improve aerodynamics, the cooling shutter’s actively adjustable slats automatically close when there is little need for cooling. This results in fuel savings of up to 0.2 l per 100 km when travelling at a constant speed of 120 km/h. For every kilometre driven with the shutter closed, the new FABIA emits up to five grams less CO2. To allow for a high level of cooling or to accommodate short stops, the system opens the shutter so the maximum amount of air can flow in.
The FABIA Monte Carlo is instantly identifiable as the sporty lifestyle variant in the range by its interior. With sports seats, a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, carbon-fibre effect on the dashboard as well as black and red design details, it continues the tradition of the Monte Carlo models. The Virtual Cockpit display additionally offers a model-specific Monte Carlo layout.
The interior of the new range-topping variant is predominantly black and features a touch of red, for example on the covers of the sports seats with integrated headrests, which come as standard. The horizontal decorative strip on the dashboard, as well as parts of the centre console and the door handles also exhibit a red finish, while the roof lining and roof pillars are black. The armrests on the front doors and the lower part of the dashboard feature a sporty carbon-fibre effect as a decorative trim, with contrasting white stitching on the dashboard. The pedal covers gleam with a stainless-steel look, and the door sills are adorned by a FABIA logo.
The handbrake lever and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel come in leather with black stitching as standard. The latter features shift paddles on models with DSG. The range of standard equipment for the FABIA Monte Carlo also includes the new LED ambient lighting, which illuminates the decorative dashboard trim in red. The specification also includes illumination of the centre console and the front door handles, as well as LED reading lights in the front and rear.
This is the first FABIA Monte Carlo to be available with Virtual Cockpit – a 10.25-inch customisable digital display which, exclusively for the sporty range-topping model, offers a specific, more dynamic background for the layouts. The Virtual Cockpit can display logos of radio stations, covers of music albums and stored pictures of callers, among other things. t The map can zoom in on junctions and display them in a separate window. Other optional extras include a heated steering wheel and a heated windscreen for increased safety in winter.
Just like the other models in the range, the sporty Monte Carlo variant features up to nine airbags and is one of the safest vehicles in its segment. As the fourth-generation ŠKODA FABIA is now built on the MQB-A0 modular platform, the car’s active and passive safety has increased even further. Assistance systems such as Travel Assist and Park Assist, which were previously reserved for higher-tier vehicle categories, are now making their FABIA Monte Carlo debut.
For the new FABIA, ŠKODA AUTO has fully exploited the possibilities the MQB-A0 modular platform has to offer. In addition to the body’s high level of torsional stiffness due to the large proportion of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and specially hardened hot-formed steels, the MQB-A0 also allows the use of assistance systems that were previously reserved for higher vehicle segments.
When equipped with the optional Travel Assist feature, the FABIA Monte Carlo provides automatic support with longitudinal and lateral steering. The system can activate several assistance systems at the touch of a button. At speeds of up to 130mph, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) automatically adjusts the speed of the car to that of vehicles ahead. By performing corrective steering inputs if needed, the integrated system Lane Assist helps to keep the vehicle in lane.
Travel Assist uses Hands-on Detect to check whether the driver is touching the steering wheel. The improved Side Assist feature is another optional extra. This warns the driver of vehicles up to 70 metres away that want to overtake or are in the car’s blind spot.
Park Assist lends a hand with parking manoeuvres. It works at speeds of up to 25 mph displaying suitable parallel and bay parking spaces and, if desired, can take over the driver’s steering work. Manoeuvre Assist detects an obstacle in front of or behind the car during parking and applies the brakes automatically. Traffic Sign Recognition and Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection are also available.
The FABIA Monte Carlo comes with airbags for the driver and front passenger, curtain airbags, and front side airbags as standard. A knee airbag for the driver and rear side airbags are optional extras to further enhance safety.
Standard equipment also includes ISOFIX anchors and Top Tether anchor points on the front passenger seat (in the EU) and on the outer rear seats. In the reference test for crash safety conducted by the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the Czech carmaker’s entry-level model achieved the maximum rating of five stars and, at 78 per cent of the maximum number of points achievable, secured the best score among the compact cars tested in 2021.
There is a choice of two infotainment systems for the new FABIA Monte Carlo. The options include the Bolero radio with eight-inch colour display, which comes as standard, to the top-of-the-line Amundsen system, which offers a 9.2-inch touchscreen that can also be operated by gesture control and the Laura digital voice assistant.
The FABIA Monte Carlo is always online thanks to a built-in eSIM, which allows access not only to web radio but also to an extensive range of mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect and the latest infotainment apps. Smartphones can be connected to the car via Wireless SmartLink without the need of a cable and inductively charged in the optional Phone Box.
The new FABIA Monte Carlo is equipped with the Bolero radio as standard. This comes with an eight-inch colour touchscreen that can be operated using multi-touch gestures and it has four front speakers, a Bluetooth hands-free system and two additional surround-sound speakers in the rear doors.
The top-end Amundsen infotainment system, available as an option, is characterised by a customisable 9.2-inch display, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a navigation function that is backed by online data. Music streaming services can be accessed via a paired smartphone. Maps can be stored on the 64-GB SSD hard drive and updated online. The gesture control feature comes as standard, while online-backed voice control via the Laura digital voice assistant who understands 15 languages is optional.
The FABIA Monte Carlo can be equipped with up to five USB-C sockets for charging additional mobile devices. These include two sockets in the front, and optionally two sockets in the rear as well as a socket on the rear-view mirror to power a dashcam, for example.
Via the Amundsen system’s display, a ŠKODA Connect account can be created or an existing account can be transferred to the FABIA Monte Carlo. The innovative infotainment apps are just as easy to download. They offer weather reports and news, allow access to a personal Google calendar or warn of hazards.
The Amundsen system also allows a wealth of mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect to be used. These include eCall, which automatically calls for emergency assistance in the event of an accident, Proactive Service (breakdown call), as well as remote vehicle access via the MyŠKODA app and the ŠKODA Connect web portal.
ŠKODA offers two engines for the new FABIA Monte Carlo, with power outputs of 110PS and 150PS. All engines are from Volkswagen Group’s EVO generation and meet the stringent Euro 6d emissions standard.
The new four-cylinder 1.5 TSI ŠKODA FABIA Monte Carlo is particularly dynamic. The range-topping engine has an output of 150PS and, coupled with a seven-speed DSG as standard, accelerates the car from 0 to 62 mph in 8.0 seconds, achieving a top speed of 139 mph. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are lowered thanks to active cylinder technology, which automatically shuts down two of the four cylinders when engine load is low.
In addition to the 1.5 TSI, the line-up of engines available for the FABIA Monte Carlo also includes a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine. The 1.0 TSI producing 81 kW (110 PS) engine offers a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic seven-speed DSG. The direct-injection TSI engine features an ultra-thin plasma-coated layer instead of cast-iron cylinder liners, which lowers internal friction. Through better distribution and dissipation of heat in the combustion chamber, this also lowers the thermal load on the engine. The powder-coated layer on the liners is just 150 μm (0.15 mm) thin.
Take a look at the engines available for the new ŠKODA FABIA Monte Carlo: