Skoda Auto has confirmed a new SUV called the Karoq which is expected to replace the Skoda Yeti.
In the global compact SUV segment, Skoda will introduce an all new vehicle which has been christened as the new Skoda Karoq. The Karoq will sit below the larger Kodiaq which is bound for India and is likely to replace the Skoda Yeti globally. The Karoq will make its public debut in Stockholm, Sweden on May 18, 2017.
The Skoda Kodiaq had its name derived from the Kodiak Islands. Similarly, Skoda claims that the name Karoq is derived the language of the local Alutiiq tribe from remote group of islands off the southern coast of Alaska. In the language of the indigenous tribe of the Kodiak Island, they identify a ‘car’ with the term “Kaa’raq” and the term “Ruq” is used for ‘arrow’ by the Alutiiq tribe. A combination of both terms have been utilised in the naming of the vehicle as the ‘Karoq’.
“The Škoda Karoq is a completely newly designed SUV that sets new benchmarks for our brand and its segment in every way. With this new SUV, we are taking the next logical step in our SUV strategy,” says Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier.
Skoda has confirmed that as a part of the 2025 strategy, the company will continue to expand their portfolio, with a key focus on the SUV range in particular. As for the Karoq, Skoda has revealed the the Karoq will get four brand new engine with five in total.
The Karoq will be offered with two petrol and three diesel options, which range from 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litres in displacement. Power output from the engine line-up will be ranging from 113bhp upto a maximum of 187bhp. All engines will feature turbo charging, and direct fuel injection in addition to regenerative braking technology. Globally, the Karoq will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. however The most powerful 187 bhp, 2.0-litre TDI engine will come standard with 4x4 and the 7-speed DSG automatic. the 1.5-litre- TSI motor will also feature cylinder-deactivation technology as well. Additionally, the Karoq will also be offered with up to five driving modes and special Off-road mode.
Further details regarding the new SUV will only be revealed once the Karoq makes its debut in Sweden. However, the Karoq will see its first market launch in the second half of 2017 in Europe, which will be followed by other market launches subsequently.
As the Karoq will be a replacement for the Yeti, it has big shoes to fill. Despite the fact that the Yeti didn’t sell in mass numbers in India, it was undoubtedly a very well packaged SUV which had unprecedented capabilities on and off-road.
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Skoda Karoq teaser video