Skoda Karoq Preview
In May 2017, Skoda took the wraps off the new SUV Karoq – which will replace the Yeti in the global market. This is the second SUV to sport the new design language of Skoda SUVs. In terms of design, the Karoq looks like a scaled down version of the Kodiaq. Up front, it gets Skoda’s signature butterfly grille with sleek horizontally stacked full LED headlamps on either side. In profile, the Karoq flared wheel arches to give it the visual bulk of an SUV, a sharp shoulder line and a swooping roofline. The European-spec model comes fitted with 18-and 19-inch alloy wheels.
For those who have seen the new generation Skoda cars, the Karoq will be familiar office. The steering wheel is identical to new Skoda offerings. The central touchscreen and the vertically positioned air con vents are also reminiscent of its larger sibling. The infotainment system comes loaded with features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The car also gets 10-colour ambient lighting. The Karoq will also be the first Skoda SUV to get a fully digital instrument cluster.
Being 4,382mm in length and having a wheelbase of 2,638mm, it is safe to assume that the Karoq will offer enough leg room for passengers at the back. At 521 litres boot space is impressive too. For added practicality, the Karoq has also been fitted with a 40:20:40 split rear seat.
Globally, the Karoq comes with a range of engine options displacing between 1.0-litre to 2.0-litre in and producing from 113bhp to a maximum of 187bhp. Unlike the Kodiaq, Skoda may bring in the Karoq in petrol as well as diesel engine options. Given that Skoda has received an impressive response for the Kodiaq, they are expected to bring in the Karoq to Indian shores towards the end of 2018.