We informed you earlier that Skoda will launch the new Karoq 5-seater premium SUV in the Indian market in 2018. Now, the Skoda Karoq has been spotted for the first time in India. Team-BHP member, Pranab Bubna has managed to click the SUV at an airport parking lot. It sports Czech Republic license plate and was parked alongside the recently launched Skoda Kodiaq.
The Karoq is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform that also underpins the Kodiaq 7-seater SUV. This model will be launched as a replacement for the Yeti. Likely to be launched in 2018, the SUV will rival the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. Featuring a conventional design, the Karoq looks largely similar to the Kodiaq at the front. It gets the signature moustache grille and crystalline cut full-LED headlights with bold chrome surround, and new fog lamps with infused LED units.
Skoda Karoq Spy Images
The side profile of the SUV looks stylish, thanks to squared-off wheel arches with newly designed alloy wheels. It gets black body cladding, protective sill cover, electrically operated wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, roof rails and blacked out glass area. The rear too resembles the Kodiaq, featuring C-shaped tail-lights and a black rear bumper with integrated reflectors.
In terms of proportions, the new Skoda Karoq 5-seater premium SUV is 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605mm in height. It rides on the 2,638mm long wheelbase and has a ground clearance of 200mm. The SUV offers a boot space of 521-litres, which can be further expanded to 1,810-litres after folding the rear seats completely.
This is Skoda’s first car to get customisable digital instrument panel with three separate keys. It is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control, dual-zone climate control, a wireless smartphone charging pad, etc. The India-spec model could get VW Group’s Modular infotainment matric with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.
Skoda Karoq SUV Gallery
The India-spec Skoda Karoq is expected to be powered by the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that also powers the Kodiaq. Besides, the company could also launch this SUV with a new 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine. Both manual and automatic versions of the SUV will be on offer.