Swedish automaker Skoda has unveiled its all-new Skoda Karoq SUV, which isÂ expected to sit between the full-size Kodiaq SUV and the smaller, yet capable Skoda YetiÂ (while it is still on sale). The Skoda Karoq looks almost identical to its elder sibling, the Kodiaq, but cuts down on size, and a few corners, to make it a worthy alternative for those on aÂ tighter budget.
After the Kodiaq (a species of bear that is found in Alaska), Skoda continues where it left off with the name of its new SUV, the Karoq. The Karoq however is not another bear species but is the name of a tribe that lives off the coast of Alaska. Clearly, there’s a broader theme here, but it surely communicates the brand’s image for its SUV lineup, which suggests themes ofÂ going off road and into the wilderness.
Branding aside, this is the replacement of the Skoda Yeti that we seen spy shots of in the past. It is however, larger than the Yeti, but smaller than the mighty Kodiaq. Right now, thanks to the new name, it isn’t clear whether Skoda will cull the Yeti model altogether in favour of its new SUV range.
The design language is very similar to what we have withÂ the Skoda Kodiaq. The sharp design features start from the 3D grille upfront and flows into the headlamps, keeping in line with the fresh new look of Skoda’s recent lineup, including the Octavia and the Superb. There’s the typical bump on the bonnet that splits it into two and a broad air dam below with the fog lights that have almost been absorbed by the headlamp cluster above it.
The windows on the sides along with the muscular wheel arches alongÂ with the rear end look edgy, with strong lines and contemporary looks that are very similar to the Kodiaq.
The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high. The increase in size benefits the passengers. The vehicle offers knee room at 69 mmÂ and aÂ long wheelbase of 2,638 mm.
The vehicle packs in a VarioFlex seating system thatÂ consists of three separate seats. Each oneÂ can be individually adjusted and also be completely removed. When removed, the SUV can be converted into a van with a maximum load capacity of 1,810 litres.
The Skoda Karoq offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. New comfort systems include Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist serve to increase safety.
Skoda will introduce the Karoq in five different variants globally. These would consist of two petrol and three diesel options. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litres; the power range is from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS).
All powertrains feature turbocharged direct injection units as well as start -stop- technology and brake energy recovery. All can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG.
The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) comes as standard with 4Ã—4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI packs in a specialÂ cylinder deactivation feature.
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