Skoda will replace the aging Yeti in India and other global markets by next year. Their new SUV –Skoda Karoq, is based on VW’s MQB platform and has been unveiled in Stockholm.
Skoda Karoq 2018 design
Being based on the MQB platform, it does share slight similarities with peers such as the VW Toureg, Audi Q3 and SEAT Ateca. But even more so, the Karoq looks like a smaller version of the Kodiaq, and adopts Skoda’s latest design language.
While the Yeti was boxy and unique in appearance, the Karoq has a very familiar, roundish SUV design. Its front fascia gets modern two piece headlights, ditching the large single piece one on the Yeti. Its bumper is new as well and gets a large airdam.
Sides are long, and wide wheel arches and roof rails can be seen. On the rear, sleek taillights and tapering bootlid are provided.
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Interior follows an all black colour scheme and adopts a customisable digital instrument console, which is a first for Skoda. Also, the car features three different keys for three different individuals, each remebering specific set of personalisation options. Skoda says that 200 of them are available, including preferred drive mode, lighting and infotainment. Features like wireless smartphone charging pad, heated steering wheel and rear seats, and electronically retractable tow bar are also provided.
Four different levels of infotainment system are available. The top trim comes with 9.2in touchscreen system with gesture control.
|With seats down||1630 l|
|Varioflex seating||1810 l|
Front Assist autonomous emergency braking system is standrad, and so are some other essential safety features.
Skoda Karoq 2018 UK
Release date and price
After its debut scheduled for May 18, 2017, the Karoq will reach UK by late 2017.
|Release date||Q4, 2017|
Engine and transmission options
Engine options will include a 113 BHP 1.0 L Turbo Petrol, new 1.5-litre TSI petrol and a 189 bhp 2-litre TDI diesel, for a total of two petrol and three diesel options. They will be mated to a 6-speed manual, sending power to the front wheels on most models. A 7-speed DSG automatic will be optional, and will come as standard in the top spec model.
Features like AWD, Adaptive cruise control, traffic signal detection, five driving modes and more will be part of the equipment list.
|Engine||Power and Torque|
|1.0 TSI turbocharged three-cylinder petrol||85 kW (115 PS), 175 Nm of torque|
|1.5 TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with ACT||110 kW (150 PS), 250 Nm of torque|
|1.6 TDI turbocharged four-cylinder diesel||85 kW (115 PS), 250 Nm of torque|
|2.0 TDI turbocharged four-cylinder diesel||110 kW (150 PS), 340 Nm of torque|
|2.0 TDI turbocharged four-cylinder diesel||40 kW (190 PS), 400 Nm of torque|
Skoda Karoq 2018 India
Since Skoda will be concentrating on the upcoming Kodiaq, the Karoq’s launch might be delayed till Q3, 2018. However, the car is expected to be present at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Launch date and price
|Launch date||Q3, 2018|
|Base variant price||Rs. 19.5 lakh|
|Top variant price||Rs. 25 lakh|
Engine and Transmission
Though it’s not confirmed, the Skoda Karoq should get a 2.0 L TDI Diesel mill producing 148 BHP and 340 Nm.
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