All New Skoda Karoq
Skoda unveiled their Karoq SUV in Sweden. The car is touted as a successor to the Skoda Yeti worldwide. The car is based on the MQB platform that made a debut in the Kodiaq. The car’s design revolves around the same edgy and well-rounded design of the larger Kodiak SUV.
For an untrained eye, the Karoq will pass on as a Kodiaq. Attribute it to the similar front end and similar silhouette. The piano black grille surrounded by the brushed aluminium surround renders a tough yet elegant look to the car. The headlamps get optional LED-crystalline finished headlamps with DRLs and the fog lamps are uniquely placed slightly above than normal, pretty near to the headlamps. The front bumper gets a simple and smooth flowing design and aids well to give the car an imposing look. The side profile is pretty clean and smooth devoid of much creases. The flared wheel arches, plastic claddings running all across the sides and large alloy wheels renders the much-needed SUV flair to the Karoq. The rear also resembles the Kodiaq with sharply shaped rear lamps and plastic claddings.
The interiors will also get the same design as of the larger Kodiaq, with the necessary changes to adapt to the smaller size of the Karoq. The car gets a customizable instrument console and a key fob with a memory function that stores individual settings for ambient lighting, drive mode and infotainment preferences. The infotainment system will get both Android Auto with Mirror Link and AppleCarPlay connectivity. The car also gives you a phonebox with inductive charging capabilities and will enable your mobile to be connected to roof antenna to improve the network range of the phone.
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The car comes loaded with all essential safety kit, which includes all around airbags, park assist, predictive pedestrian protection, traffic jam assist, emergency assist and blind spot detection to name a few.
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In the international market, the car gets five engine options (two petrol and three diesel engines). The new petrol engines are an entry level 1.0 liter TSI three-cylinder unit and a larger 1.5-litre TSI. The diesel comes with a new 1.6-liter unit and a pair of 2.0-liter TDI units. The 1.5-liter TSI petrol can catapult the Karoq to 100 kmph in just 8.4 seconds. The car can be bought in two-wheel drive as well as four-wheel drive trims. The car get comes with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG slushbox. The top trims will get five drive modes namely: Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual, and Snow.
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Skoda will be launching the Karoq in the international markets by end of this calendar year. We expect Skoda to launch the Karoq in the first half of next year to compete against the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass.