Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo edition launched in August 2017, priced from INR 10.75 lakhs, met with some flak from Punjab based Monte Carlo clothing company that moved court against the automaker citing copyright infringement. The court order directed Skoda to stop using the Monte Carlo badge due to which the company has now launched the Skoda Rapid Edition X in its place. Incidentally, Monte Carlo is a place in Monaco on the French Riviera.
Skoda officially pays the current monarch for rights to use the Monte Carlo brand for its exclusive series of cars, and the moniker enjoys global reputation. To what extent Monte Carlo clothing felt compromised is difficult to assess, as their is no logical scope of confusion. One doesn’t generally go out to buy a sweater and return with a car, and vice versa.
Skoda Rapid Edition X is only a name change and sees no other changes in design from the Monte Carlo edition. It is offered with a black front grille, black tail gate spoiler, 16″ dual tone alloy wheels and headlamp inserts along with body accents and ORVMs. Edition X is offered in two exterior paints of red and white, both of which come with contrasting black painted roof. Interiors sport matching black and red accents with black and red leatherette seats, stainless steel foot pedals, a flat bottom leather steering wheel with red accents and a 6.5” touchscreen infotainment system offering SmartLink, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Skoda Rapid Edition X is powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine offering 105 hp power and mated to a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic gearbox. It also gets a 1.5 litre diesel engine offering 110 hp and mated to a 5 speed manual or 7 speed DSG gearbox. Prices are the same as that seen on the Monte Carlo edition starting from INR 10.75 lakhs to INR 13.57 lakhs. Skoda Rapid Edition X competes with the Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz in India.