Skoda will launch a new SUV, Karoq, which will replace the Yeti in May this year in the international markets. The company has drawn inspiration of the new name from 'Kaa, Roq', meaning 'car arrow' an Alaskan tribe language. As the name suggests, the new Karoq will have an all-new design language compared to the Skoda Yeti borrowing its design language from its elder sibling, the Kodiaq.
The new Skoda Karoq will be built on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, which also underpins the Kodiaq slated for launch in India as well. The petrol variants of the Karoq will get a 1.0 litre TSI turbocharged three-cylinder unit that produces 113 hp of power and 175 Nm of torque. The SUV also gets a larger capacity 1.5 litre TSI with 148 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque with active cylinder technology.
The diesel version of the Karoq will be powered by a new 1.6 litre turbocharged TDI motor producing 113 hp of power and 250 Nm. In addition to the 1.6 litre unit, the SUV will also have a 2.0 litre TDI engine that generates 187 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. The engines will be offered with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox that with power being sent to two or all wheels depending on the variants.
Higher variants will also be offered with Skoda’s Drive Mode Select system with different driving modes, Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow. Safety features on the Skoda Karoq will include driver assist systems with a radar-based adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, automatic city braking with a pedestrian braking system.