2022 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo revealed, in line for Australia

Skoda’s new city car has been given the Monte Carlo treatment, with no extra power, but sportier exterior and interior styling.

The 2022 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo has been revealed in Europe – and while Skoda Australia is yet to confirm the variant for local showrooms, government certification documents indicate it could find its way Down Under at a later date.

The Monte Carlo nameplate is used in Skoda’s range to denote sporty flagship variants, with revised exterior styling elements, black trim, and unique interior trimmings – all applied to the new, fourth-generation Fabia city car.

A revised front bumper with a lower black splitter and black grille surround headline the exterior revisions, joined by black mirror caps, new black side skirts, a unique black rear bumper insert, and Monte Carlo badging on the front quarter panels.

Alloy wheels between 16 and 18 inches in diameter are available in Europe, as well as black Skoda tailgate badging, an optional black roof, and standard-fit rear privacy glass.

Inside, front occupants sit in new sports seats with integrated headrests, trimmed in black fabric with red and silver accents, and carbon-fibre-look inserts on the side bolsters.

A leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel sits in front of the driver – with paddle shifters on automatic models – complemented by a leather handbrake lever, carbon-fibre-look soft armrest and dashboard inserts, white dashboard stitching, faux metal pedal covers, branded door sills, and a slew of red accents across the door cards and dashboard.

Range-topping models are equipped with 10.25-inch digital instrument clusters with unique Monte Carlo graphics, placed alongside an available 9.2-inch centre touchscreen and red and white ambient cabin lighting.

While its styling might suggest a more potent engine under the bonnet, the Monte Carlo can be had in Europe with the same array of petrol engines as the regular Fabia, led on price by a 1.0-litre non-turbo three-cylinder developing just 59kW and 93Nm.

Australian models are more likely to be powered by an 81kW/200Nm 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder, or a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder – both likely to employ a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard, with front-wheel drive.

Contrary to past Skoda Monte Carlo models, the sporty Fabia doesn’t feature a unique suspension tune.

In Europe, the Fabia Monte Carlo is available with the same selection of active safety features as the standard model, which include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-centring assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and semi-autonomous parking.

The 2022 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo is due to go on sale in Europe in the coming months, with UK deliveries reportedly scheduled for May.

Skoda Australia yet to confirm the variant for local sale, with a spokesperson indicating to Drive the Fabia range is set to focus on a Launch Edition flagship tailored to the “requirements of a local Skoda [buyer]”, rather than a Monte Carlo, when the vehicle launches in the third quarter of 2022 (July to September)

However, government documents uncovered by Drive reveal the Monte Carlo has been certified for sale locally, opening the door to a launch at a later date (click here for more details) – but this is far from confirmation of a local launch.

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