Skoda Karoq gets upgraded for 2022 with sharper looks & tech


Skoda has updated its compact crossover Karoq for 2022 with highlights including styling revisions and upgraded onboard technology. The new model is expected to go on sale in European markets sometime in the first half of 2022. The Karoq was also on sale in India for a very short period (between May 2020 and Jan 2021), but since the Kushaq has taken its place now, the new Karoq might be deemed redundant for the market.

But anyway, the styling revisions are kinda similar to those on the Kodiaq facelift that debuted earlier this year. The fresh face gets a new grille and new headlights, while LED Matrix headlights are optionally available. The side profile continues to look clean with sharp lines, while there are new aerodynamically optimized wheel designs (up to 20-inches) featuring special covers to improve airflow. At the rear, there are new taillights, Skoda lettering in caps, and of course, an elongated roof spoiler. Phoenix orange metallic and Graphite grey metallic are new additions to Karoq’s color palette.

The fresh cabin features an 8.0-inch Virtual Cockpit mini as standard, while there’s an option to go for a larger 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit. There are also three different infotainment levels with displays ranging from 8- to 9.2-inches. The Laura digital assistant, which is available for the Amundsen infotainment system, understands up to 15 languages.

The 2022 Karoq also boasts eco-friendly materials inside, such as upholstery made from recycled PET bottles. The Karoq Sportline trim features sports seats upholstered in a breathable ThermoFlux material which is claimed to let through 4.5 times more air than conventional fabric.

Optional assistance systems include the Proactive Occupant Protection system which automatically closes the open windows or panoramic roof, activates the hazard lights and tightens the front seat belts, if the front radar detects a crash hazard or hard braking.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Karoq will offer TSI (turbo petrol) and TDI (turbo diesel) options. The petrol buyers will have 1.0-, 1.5- and 2.0-litre options, delivering 81 kW (110 metric hp), 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 140 kW (190 metric hp) respectively, while the diesel buyers can choose from 85 kW (116 metric hp) 2.0-litre or 110 kW (150 metric hp) 2.0-litre units. The 1.5-litre TSI features cylinder deactivation system. Depending on the engine, the transmission is gonna be 5- or 6-speed manuals or a 7-speed DSG automatic. AWD variants are also available.

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