Skoda has come up with a highly innovative offering in the form of the Sunroq drop-top SUV which is based on the Karoq. This is the 5th such creative product made by students of the Skoda Vocational School and the name was chosen after hundreds of entries were submitted by Skoda enthusiasts and buyers worldwide. However, the Sunroq is likely to be a one-off proposition and may not make it to the production line for the Karoq. The Sportline and Scout variants will be introduced for the Karoq however and the SUV is slated to launch sometime in 2019 in the Indian market. Prices could hover between INR 20-25 lakhs (ex-showroom) as per estimates.
Skoda will reportedly assemble the car from CKD kits at its plant at Maharashtra’s Aurangabad. The Sunroq was built over 8 months by 23 pupils who modified the A and B pillars, removed the roof, redesigned the rear and modified the bumpers which now project Skoda logos on the road. The Sunroq comes with a Velvet Red color and dual tone (red and black) 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero 235/35 ZR20 tyres. There is Skoda Academy badging for the front door panels and front seat backrests.
The interiors sport a dual-tone white and red theme and there are backlit door handles and indicator lights as well. The Sunroq gets a similar wheelbase, width and length as the Karoq. There are shock absorbers that are sourced from the Skoda Octavia RS. The car also gets a turbocharged 1.5 litre four cylinder petrol engine that dishes out 150 PS and 240 Nm of peak torque. The car also gets a 6-speed manual transmission system and can hit 100 kmph in only 8.6 seconds with a top speed of 195 kmph.