Skoda Karoq – We know that Skoda is currently preparing the second generation of their small SUV, Yeti. However, it has been confirmed that the SUV will no longer be called Yeti. Instead, it will spawn into a new model called Karoq. Unlike Yeti, Karoq will be more conventional. It is safe to say that once it is launched Karoq will rival the likes of Seat Ateca or Volkswagen T-Roc. Karoq also will be bigger than Yeti with more spacious interior and boot, probably somewhat similar with Nissan Qashqai.
Skoda Karoq Specifications
Regarding design, most of the changes are focused on the front part. Even though the test mule is still highly camouflaged, it is not that difficult to notice the chunky grille and the prominent headlight. Speaking of the headlight, it is said Skoda will offer optional full LED headlight for Karoq. In addition, the car also comes with black plastic-clad on the sill and bumper. Not only it will give those particular parts more protection, but also the black plastic-clad makes the car looks higher.
Inside, Karoq will get a digital instrument panel similar with Audi Virtual Cockpit and Volkswagen’s Active Info Display. It will feature satellite navigation as well as other infotainment information. Since Kodiaq heavily inspires the SUV, the boot space and rear passenger’s space will be prioritized the most.
As a result, the car will have at least 488 L boot space or 1,810 L when the rear seat is folded, making Karoq one of the most generous in terms of boot space. In addition, Yeti’s Varioflex removable back seat also will make a comeback in Karoq.
Skoda Karoq is offered with five types of engines. One engine is taken from Yeti while the other four are new additions. All five of them are direct injection turbocharged engine which complies with European Union new emission regulations.
The most basic unit is a 3-cylinder 1.0 L TSI engine that delivers 113 bhp while the most potent one is a 2.0 L TDI engine with 187 bhp. The 148 bhp version of the 2.0 L TDI engine generates that specific amount of power at 3,500 to 4,000 RPM and 251-pound feet of torque at 1,750 to 3,500 rpm. The car can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 8.7 seconds, and the top speed is 131 mph.
A 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels will be standard. However, a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive system will also be available in some of the range-topping models.
2017 Skoda Karoq Price and Release Date
It is reported that we can see the ready version of Skoda Karoq this May and it will arrive on the market later this year. To make the new SUV more competitive, it is rumored that Skoda will give Karoq a price tag of £17,770.
If it is true, Karoq definitely will appeal more to the buyers because the price is lower than Yeti, but it comes with more generous space and better interior elements, hence higher value.