After month after month of teasing Skoda
have finally pulled the wraps of their upcoming compact SUV; christened the Karoq. Now even though the Karoq will only be Skoda’s second attempt at building an SUV, it seems like they have put together a package that will be a serious contender in a exponentially growing segment.
First off, even a cursory glance at the new CSUV reveals that the Karoq is in no way a rehash of anything they currently manufacture but a completely new vehicle from the ground up. The shape, styling and physical dimensions further emphasise this. What makes the Skoda even more exciting is the barrage of feature that have gone into the build. Aside from the run of the mill features, Skoda has made sure to include thoughtful segment busting features like a front folding passenger seat -- incase you’d like to transport that super long stinger missile you have lying around in the garage- a rear seat with a VarioFlex system and a virtual pedal for mechanically assisted boot control.
The Karoq will be offered with four different engine option, a 1.0 l and 1.5 litre petrol. The 1.5 litre TSI petrol will get a cylinder deactivation feature as well. All motors will feature turbo-charged direct injection, start-stop and brake energy recovery features. Word has it that they are extremely efficient and will comply with EU6 -- and therefore by default BSIV -- pollution norms. All drivetrains other than the 2.0l diesel, will be available with both a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. The 2.0l TDi will come as standard with a AWD and a 7-speed DSG.
To sweeten the deal, here’s a list of the other tech goodies on the new Karoq which will 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.
On the inside, the Karoq will feature a fully customisable HUD and Full-LED headlights with clear lens optics which will be available in the ambient trim onwards. New LED ambient lighting in the decorative door trims and the dashboard creates a pleasant atmosphere, which can be set to one of ten colours.
As of now, we expect the car to hit Indian markets late this year or early next year. However, there is no official word from Skoda, on which units and in what format the car will be marketed in the sub-continent.