Skoda’s new compact SUV Karoq premieres at the Artipelag museum near Stockholm in Sweden, with the presence of over 500 international guests. The media fraternity sees Karoq as the Yeti’s successor, and the market launch is planned in the second half of 2017.
We’ve already spoken a lot about Karoq in the previous articles. In case you missed it, the Karoq is combination of the terms “KAA’RAQ” (car) and “RUQ” (arrow), derived from the language of Alaska’s indigenous people. Arrow in the name and an arrow in the logo. ‘Simply Clever’ isn’t it?
Built on the MQB platform, the Karoq’s design language pretty much follows its bigger brother Kodiaq. There are full LED headlamps and LED tail lamps inspired by the Bohemian glass art.
Internationally, there are five turbocharged engines on offer. Two petrol and three diesel engines with displacements ranging from 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 litre. Power output ranges from 85 kW (115 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). All powertrains feature start-stop technology and brake energy recovery and comply with EU 6 regulations. Excluding the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) comes as standard with 4WD and 7-speed DSG. The new 1.5 TSI features cylinder deactivation. Speaking of the 1.0, its a new 3-cylinder TSI, produced at the Mladá Boleslav engine plant.
There’s an optional Driving Mode Select with five modes – Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4×4).
Feature list includes the ‘Skoda Connect’ infotainment system with capacitive touch screen in glass design, similar to the one we saw in the 2017 Octavia. The top-end Columbus and Amundsen systems will have a Wi-Fi hotspot. An optional LTE module is available for the Columbus system. Further, the Skoda Connect is divided into two categories – Infotainment online services, used for information and navigation; the CareConnect services for assistance in case of breakdowns and emergencies. The SmartLink+ platform, compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing.
Programmable digital instrument cluster and ambient lighting with 10 colors are some of the other features.
There are a host of driver assistance features too. These include Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist.
The Karoq measures 4,382 mm in length, 1,841 mm in width, and 1,605 mm in height. Wheelbase measures 2,638 mm (4WD version – 2,630 mm). The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres, which is expandable up to 1,810 litres.
The Karoq looks like a fun little SUV. Pretty sure Skoda has another winner in its hands.