Based on the Volkswagen Group’s New MQB platform, the Skoda Karoq is likely to be launched in India in mid-2018
The all-new Skoda Karoq will underpin VW’s MQB platform and will share components with the VW Tiguan.
After launching the Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, Skoda is now planning to launch its Karoq 5-seater premium SUV in the Indian market. It is the second Skoda SUV to be developed on Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform. Skoda Karoq had its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The production of the premium SUV is already underway at Skoda’s Kvasiny manufacturing plant in Czech Republic that also produces Kodiaq and Superb sedan. It will first go on sale in the European markets by the end of this year, followed by other countries. After Yeti, the Karoq will be Skoda’s next entry-level SUV in the premium segment where it will challenge all-new Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V. The Czech Republic carmaker had discontinued the Yeti in this space, demand for which diminished despite several upgrades. While considering the potential for SUVs in India, Skoda is trying to benefit from the ever-rising popularity; hence a new model makes sense for the Indian market. The new Karoq could be a viable replacement to the phased out Yeti in the mid-size premium SUV space.
In tandem with Skoda cars that brim with new technology, this premium SUV is equipped with a range of comfort goodies and driver centric features. Interestingly, Karoq will be the first car from the stables of Skoda to feature an all-digital centre console. Sporting sophisticated European styling elements and aggressive stance, this new SUV looks far better than the Yeti. The Skoda Karoq takes its design cues from its bigger sibling, the Kodiaq. This premium SUV is equipped with all-new modular infotainment system with a capacitive touchscreen display, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as well. The Skoda Karoq will be offered in diesel version in both manual and automatic mode. The company could also launch the petrol version of the SUV. Read More – Skoda Octavia 2017 | Skoda Rapid 2017
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– Customisable digital instrument panel
– Memory function
– 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system
– Gesture control
– Heated steering wheel
– Heated seats
– Dual-zone climate controls
– Adjustable interior ambient lighting
– Wireless smartphone charging pad
– Foldable rear seats
– Signature moustache grille
– Crystalline cut full LED headlamps
– Fog lamps with infused LED units
– Touchscreen infotainment system
Like Kodiaq, Skoda will introduce the Karoq premium 5-seater SUV as CKD unit in India. It will be assembled locally at the Volkswagen Group’s manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This will help the Czech automaker price the vehicle competitively. Keeping Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in site, Skoda is aiming to price this SUV between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.
|Launch Date (Expected)||2018|
Production of the Karoq has already been commenced at the company’s production facility in Czech Republic. It will first go on sale in the European markets in early 2018, followed by the other markets. In India, the SUV will replace the recently discontinued Yeti SUV. The Czech automaker could make an official announcement on this year in early 2018 and launch could take place in the second half of next year.
Skoda’s all-new Karoq will share its platform (VW’s MQB) with the company’s first seven-seater SUV – Kodiaq that is already on sale in the Indian market. Most of the design elements are carried over from its larger sibling. The 5-seater SUV features numerous crystalline elements and represents Skoda’s new design language. Front fascia of the SUV looks aggressive and features signature moustache grille and crystalline cut full-LED headlamps with 8 strips inspired by Bonheimian’s traditional glass art. The bold chrome surround on the grille and the fog lamps with infused LED units further enhance its appearance
The side profile too looks aggressive, complements the bold face. The body width emphasises at the rear by the horizontal creases. Featuring aggressive styling elements, the SUV gets alloy wheels, black body cladding and flared wheel arches. The protective sill cover, muscular tones, integrated turn indicators on ORVMs, sharp creases, roof rails and blacked-out glass area add more to its side appearance.
Similar to the Kodiaq, the rear profile of the SUV seems heavily inspired by the Skoda’s flagship SUV. While the C-shaped taillamps at the rear adds to its visual appeal, the brake light with no resemblance to the Kodiaq is another highlight at the back. Other key highlights include flat, raked rear lights, reflectors positioned below the rear sensors on the outer edges of the bumper and license plate LED lighting.
In terms of dimensions, the new Skoda SUV is 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605mm in height. The motorcycle rides on the 2,638mm wheelbase and has a ground clearance of 200mm. Sporting these proportions, the SUV is expected to offer ample room on the inside. The luggage compartment will be spacious too with a capacity of 521-litres that can further be expanded to 1,810-litres after folding the rear seats completely. Read – Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Edition
The Skoda Karoq has large contours that suggest that the SUV will have a generous space on the inside, featuring 5-seat layout. The front and rear rows will be spacious enough to offer ample room to the occupants. Additionally, there will be optional VarioFlex seats at the rear. Boasting a length of 4.4m and 2.6m long wheelbase, it is expected to offer best in class headroom, kneeroom and legroom across rows.
The global model is packed with Skoda’s Modular Infotainment Matrix system with capacitive touch display. Features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, and an optional LTE module will be reserved for the range-topping model. In addition, it will also get the Skoda’s Connect with two separate segments -infotainment online for navigation and CareConnect services in case of breakdowns and emergencies. In India, the Karoq 5-seater premium SUV is likely to be equipped with SmartLink+ infotainment system with support from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The car will also pack a multi-functional steering wheel, Bluetooth telephony and navigation. It is to be noted that the touchscreen unit on Karoq will also serve as a display for reverse parking.
Similar to the global-spec, the India-bound Karoq will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel version is likely to use a 2.0-litre, TDI unit with an estimated mileage of 15 to 18kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol version will return fuel efficiency around 13kmpl.
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI Diesel|
|Gearbox||7-speed DSG & 6-speed Manual|
Skoda’s upcoming five-seat global SUV will be offered with multiple petrol and diesel powertrain options. It will come with two gasoline units – a 1.0-litre, turbocharged and a 1.5-litre TSI – producing 113bhp with 175Nm and 148bhp with 250Nm respectively. The diesel engines will include a 1.6-litre making 113bhp with 250Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre TDI turbo tuned for two power outputs – 148bhp/340Nm and 188bhp/400Nm. All powertrains will come with a manual and an automatic gearbox option.
The India-spec model is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel engine that also powers the Kodiaq SUV. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 148bhp and a peak torque of 340Nm. Just to jog your memory, the Yeti was powered by the same powertrain but with lesser power output of 109bhp and 250Nm.
On the other hand, the higher capacity 1.5-litre petrol motor will produce power worth 148bhp and will be paired to a 6-speed standard unit. There will also be an optional 7-speed DSG automatic transmission that will be offered with select variants. In addition, the carline will come with FWD and AWD drivetrains.
With multiple storage points, the SUV will be high on utility quotient. That said, there will be ample storage space inside including bottle holders on all doors, coin holders, cup holders and a large glove box in front. Aside from these, it will also come with features including keyless entry, cruise control and push button start/stop system. Additionally, it will also get a combination of VarioFlex rear seats which can either be adjusted or removed in a bid to expand boot space.
The premium SUV will feature five-seat layout and come with two rows. There will be an optional VarioFlex seats and three separate rear seats that can be adjusted or can be removed totally to carve more space in the luggage compartment. Just so you know, the Karoq offers 521-litres of boot space which can further be increased to 1,810-litres by folding the rear seats.
The Karoq will get a raft of features including some driver centric goodies and safety equipment. Features like park assist, lane assist & traffic jam assist, Blind sport detect, emergency assist service and pedestrian protection will aide assistance to the driver. The safety brigade on the other hand will include anti-lock-braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability program, multiple airbags, traction control and hill start assist among others. Stopping power will be derived from the all four disc brakes.
The Karoq will be slotted between CR-V and HR-V in terms of positioning. In India, the Yeti replacement will fight with Mahidnra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. As for the pricing, the Karoq is likely to be positioned slightly more than Tucson. To make it stand apart rivals in the segment, Skoda will pack plethora of comfort, connectivity and safety features. With top-notch quality, generous interior space and a host of in-cabin tech, Karoq is likely to have an edge over rivals.