After launching the Kodiaq SUV, Skoda India could soon launch the Karoq in India by the end of 2018, confirmed a source close to the development. When launched in the country, the Skoda Karoq will be the second SUV in the company's model lineup and will be positioned below the Skoda Kodiaq and will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Tucson. Details about the India-spec model are still not clear as the company hasn't confirmed any details yet. However, the Karoq is expected to be powered by a 1.4 litre TSI petrol with 147 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque as well as a 2.0 litre TDI diesel unit, generating 141 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque. These are the same units that also powers the Skoda Octavia in India. A nine-speed DSG automatic gearbox is expected to be offered as standard. The company might also offer the new Karoq with an optional all-wheel-drive system on both petrol and diesel engines. Globally, Skoda sells the SUV with a choice of five engines ranging from 113 hp to 188 hp.
The new Skoda Karoq measures 4,382 mm in length, 1,841 mm in width, 1,603 mm in height and has 2,638 mm of wheelbase. The SUV has a boot space of 521 litres and to create more luggage space, the rear seats can be folded down to create 1,630 litres of volume. The car is based on Volkswagen's MQB platform (Modular Transverse Matrix platform) that also underpins other Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda models across the world. Karoq is the fourth model in Skoda's stable to be based on the MQB platform.
The Skoda Karoq shares many of its design cues and features with the new Kodiaq and the Tiguan. The upcoming SUV globally features LED headlamps, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The company will also equip the car with driver-assist features such as Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. The safety features will consist of Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist. However, for India, Skoda might do away with some of these features in favour of cost as the company's localisation rate in India isn't as high as some other competitors.