The Karoq will replace the Yeti and will compete against the likes of the Jeep Compass. All three models will only go on sale with a petrol heart. Bookings for the Karoq and Rapid commenced in March and Superb in April
With the country still under a partial lockdown, Skoda has decided to finally launch the Rapid 1.0 TSI, Karoq and the Superb face-lift. The Czech carmaker was earlier scheduled to space out the launch of these three models in April and May, but the due to the coronavirus curfew, they were forced to delay. Skoda has now decided to launch the Rapid 1.0 TSI, Karoq and the Superb face-lift together through an online press conference.
The Rapid will continue to be the entry-point into the Skoda family. With this update, the car bids adieu to the old 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel powerplants. Instead, it will come with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit that is good for 108bhp and 175Nm. This is the same unit that made its debut on the Volkswagen Polo and Vento in March. Changes to the exterior and interior design and the feature list will be mild if any.
After a long wait, Skoda will finally fill the void created after the Yeti was pulled off the shop floor. The Karoq will compete against the likes of the Jeep Compass and is expected to be priced around the Rs 22-24 lakh mark. The Karoq too will only go on sale with a turbo petrol heart, which in this case is a 1.5-litre unit that develops 148bhp and 250Nm. The engine comes paired with a 7-speed DSG. Brought into India via the CBU route, the Karoq will only be on sale in a single variant. Expect it to be the top-spec trim with features like a virtual cockpit, panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment, dual-zone climate control and more.
The Superb face-lift gets noticeable tweaks to the exterior design. Upfront it sports a redesigned bumper, reprofiled headlights, and a reshaped grille with more chrome elements. But the biggest change to the Superb facelift is under the hood. The executive sedan now gives the old 1.8-litre turbo petrol and the 2.0-litre diesel the boot, and in their place comes 2.0-litre turbo petrol. This unit develops a peak power of 187bhp and 320Nm. This motor also comes mated to the same 7-speed DSG.