Meet the Skoda Karoq
Baby brother to the Kodiaq breaks cover
The covers have come off Skoda’s newest compact SUV, the Karoq, as it replaces the Yeti. Capitalising on the Kodiaq’s strong appeal in Europe, Skoda is targeting the compact SUV segment. The Yeti was a successful nameplate for Skoda, although it did not become popular in India, they decided to go with the Karoq name to relate to the Alaskan lineage that the Kodiaq derives its name from. In fact the residents of the city of Kodiaq were given the task of coming up with a name and Karoq it was, which is a combination of the words 'car' and 'arrow'.
This compact SUV looks like a scaled-down Kodiaq and borrows plenty of styling cues from its bigger stablemate, which also reflects Skoda’s new design language. It measures 4382mm in length, is 1841mm wide and 1605mm high. This five-seater SUV has smart seating possibilities with three individually adjustable seats which can also be completely removed. It can fit 521 litres of luggage, which goes up to 1630 litres with the second row folded away and 1810 litres if you remove the seats.
There are plenty of features packed into the European version with a host of connected features that will work in conjunction with your mobile device. This will include features ranging from emergency assist, to finding where your car is parked to even a phone box capable of wirelessly charging and coupling it with the antenna on the car for better reception. There are plenty of driving aids that are available as well including park assist and lane assist. Higher trim level options include full LED headlamps as well.
Skoda has chosen to introduce the Karoq with five engine options – two petrol and three diesel motors that range from 1.0-litre to 2.0-litres in displacement. Power ratings from this range of engines goes from 112bhp to 185bhp. All engines comply with EU6 norms. You can choose to have these engine options coupled with either 6-speed manuals or 7-speed DSG ‘boxes, although the most powerful 2.0-litre diesel comes with four-wheel-drive and a 7-speed DSG as standard fitment. Other variants can be fitted with four-wheel-drive on request for higher trim levels. The Karoq also has the option of a new 1.5-litre, petrol which, like the 1.4 from Audi, will feature cylinder deactivation to maximise efficiency.
Skoda hopes to further strengthen its position in the SUV space that was established with the launch of the Kodiaq, which is scheduled for an India launch in the final quarter of 2017. The Karoq goes on sale internationally in the second half of 2017, but Skoda has no immediate plans of introducing it in India in the near future.