Skoda Karoq compact SUV makes debut in Stockholm
The Skoda Karoq was unveiled in Stockholm, Sweden, last night and is a clear statement of intent from the Czech manufacturer.
Based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, shared with the likes of the Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, the Karoq will replace the Yeti in Skoda’s compact SUV line-up and gives the brands off-road range a more uniform feel.
With the Kodiaq receiving rave reviews, Skoda has returned to Alaska for inspiration by for the name of its new model.
Derived from the language of Alaska’s indigenous people, the Karoq seeks to quickly and effectively advance Skoda’s SUV campaign.
“The Skoda Karoq is a completely newly designed SUV that sets new benchmarks for our brand and its segment in every way. With this new SUV, we are taking the next logical step in our SUV strategy,” says Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier.
“The Skoda Karoq impresses with its unique brand identity and a distinctive product identity and is introducing – alongside the typical Skoda strengths – the brand’s new, emotive design language into the compact SUV segment,” adds Maier.
The compact SUV measures 4,382mm in the length, 1,841 wide and 1,605 high. The long wheelbase of 2,638mm gives the Skoda Karoq a larger appearance than the Yeti as well as a comfortable stance on the road and a spacious interior.
The boot has a capacity of 521 litres with the rear seats in place, which increases to 1,630 litre with them folded down. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seats – a system which allows you to either adjust or completely remove the rear seats – the SUV can almost be turned into a minivan with a load capacity of 1,810 litres.
The interior offers a newly designed dashboard divided into a tall upper and narrow lower section – a separation that is particularly noticeable in the large decorative areas on the passenger side. The door trims continue this design approach.
The Karoq will also offer four Infotainment systems with the entry-level Swing having a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and Bluetooth, while the next system up, Bolero, gets a higher-resolution eight-inch screen and also includes SmartLink+.
At the top end of the scale Amundsen uses the same screen but includes navigation and a wi-fi hotspot, while the range-topper, Columbus, is based on a 9.2-inch display and includes a DVD/CD drive and 64Gb of onboard memory and introduces gesture control.
Four large air vents sit vertically and the middle two flank the in-car monitor, with LED ambient lighting decorating the upper edge of the four door trims and continuing around the dashboard providing another highlight of the interior.
The car is a five-seater, and its longer wheelbase delivers considerably more passenger space than in a Yeti, especially for rear-seat occupants.
The Karoq will be launched with a line-up of five engines, comprised of two petrols – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 114bhp and 175Nm, and a 1.5 four-cylinder producing 148bhp and 250Nm which has the special feature of cylinder deactivation to keep CO2 emissions at a minimum.
Diesel engines start with a 1.6-litre motor, producing 114bhp and 250Nm of torque. There’s also a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm meaning a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds.
At the top of the range is a 2.0-litre diesel with 228bhp and 400Nm. This is offered with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard, whereas the other options all get a six-speed manual and front-drive as standard.
The Skoda Karoq is further evidence of the Czech manufacturer’s focus on expanding their SUV portfolio. Following the successful launch of the Kodiaq recently, the Karoq looks to be the manufacturers next milestone.
The new compact SUV is set to be launched in the second half of 2017.