The Skoda Karoq has finally made its world premiere and will be the replacement for the Skoda Yeti.
Skoda has revealed their new compact SUV as a replacement for the Skoda Yeti. The SUV has been called the Skoda Karoq and it features new styling, which is inline with Skoda’s latest design language, and has a host of new engines.
The Karoq is a completely new vehicle developed from the ground up and is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The Karoq will be offered globally with two petrol engines and three diesel engines. These engines have a displacement of 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre. The engines generate power outputs which range from 113bhp to a maximum of 187bhp. All engines feature turbocharging and direct fuel injection in addition to regenerative braking technology.
The Kaorq will come with a choice of 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearboxes. The 2.0-litre TDI engine which is the most powerful in the range (187bhp) will come with the DSG automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol TSI engine also features cylinder deactivation technology. The Karoq in higher trims will also get driving modes - Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) with an off-road all-wheel drive mode as well.
The Karoq will get optional Full LED headlamps with clear-lens optics, and full LED tail lamps shaped in Skoda’s signature ‘C’ shape. On the inside, the Karoq gets an all digital instrument panel for the first time. The top trim also gets the Group’s Modular Infotainment Matrix system with capacitive touch displays. The top spec Columbus and Amundsen system have a Wi-Fi hotspot with LTE and SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Also available are a 10 colour ambient lighting package as well.
In terms of safety equipment, the Karoq features driver assistance technology which include Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist.
The Karoq will see its first market launch in the second half of 2017 and may also make it to Indian shores.