Skoda Karoq has been unveiled, here are the first images and features of the SUV which replaces the successful Yeti.
Skoda Karoq has finally been unveiled to the public recently at Stockholm, Sweden. The new SUV which is a replacement to the old yet successful model of the Yeti. The car is part of VW’s new MQB Platform similar to the Karoq’s much larger sibling the Kodiaq as well as the VW Tiguan. Sales and launch of the Karoq has not been announced as of yet, but we expect the announcement any time soon.
The Skoda Karoq will be based under immensely potential compact SUV segment, rivalling the Nissan Qashqai. The Czech carmaker decided to discontinue the name Yeti as they felt that the new branding of the SUV will help them increase the global appeal for the car. Also, Skoda has seen a good and rapid growth of the Compact SUV segment in the Chinese market, where the name Yeti is not taken well due to the Yeti Folklore from Bhutan with whom China has no diplomatic relations whatsoever and with this name change they aim to change that perception. According to Skoda this was one of the main concerns as China has one of the fastest growing automotive markets and they intend to make the most of it.
The Skoda Karoq gets five turbocharged engine options with two new petrol options including a 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder and a 1.5-litre TSI which features active cylinder technology. While the diesel variants also get two new engine options which are a 1.6-litre TDI and a new 2.0-litre TDI in addition to the standard 2.0-litre TDI of Skoda. All these engines will either be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox
Features on the new Karoq includes gesture control for various functions like mobile online connection and wireless phone charging. The top spec of the SUV gets a 9.2-inch screen along with three other displays, with a digital infotainment cluster which is a first for any Skoda. Other drivers assist features which include, hill hold system, radar-based adaptive cruise control with blind spot detection and a front assist. It also includes an automatic braking system with a pedestrian braking system.
As for the Indian market, we are not yet sure if the Karoq will come to the Indian shores as nothing has been announced, but we are awaiting the launch of the Karoq’s bigger sibling; the Kodiaq whose launch in India has been confirmed in the coming months.