– Skoda Karoq will be launched in India early 2019.
– This 5-seater premium SUV will come as a replacement to the Skoda Yeti.
The all-new Skoda Karoq will underpin VW’s MQB platform and will share components with the VW Tiguan.
The Czech Republic car manufacturer, Skoda Auto aims to expand its SUV lineup in the Indian market. Joining the elder sibling, the Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, will be the new Skoda Karoq 5-seater premium SUV and the Vision X concept based small SUV. While the former will be the first one to arrive in the market, the latter one might come by 2020. After the Kodiaq, the Karoq is the second Skoda SUV to be developed on Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform. First previewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Skoda Karoq is being produced at the carmaker’s Kvasiny plant in Czech Republic. The same facility also serves as the production hub for the Kodiaq and Superb sedan.
In the Indian market, the Skoda Karoq will be introduced as a Yeti replacement. Skoda’s next entry-level SUV in the premium segment will take on Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V. Just so you know, 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.
– 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 Read More – New Skoda Octavia | New Skoda Rapid
In January 2018, Mr Ashutosh Dixit, Director, Sales, Service & Marketing, Skoda India, confirmed that the Karoq SUV will be rolled out in India in the next 12 to 18 months. That means, the compact SUV will hit showrooms early next year. We will update the official launch date and details once the carmaker announces it.
Similar to the Kodiaq, Skoda India will bring in the Karoq premium 5-seater SUV via CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. 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. The Skoda Karoq SUV price in India is estimated to fall in the range of Rs 15 lakh (for the entry-level model) – Rs 20 lakh (for the range-topping variant). If launched at this price point, it will give a tough fight to Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. Read – New Skoda Small Car To Challenge Tata Tiago
Skoda’s all-new Karoq will share its underpinning with the Kodiaq seven-seater SUV – i.e VW’s MQB platform. It will share most of the design and styling elements with its larger sibling. The 5-seater SUV features multiple crystalline elements and represents Skoda’s new design language. Featuring the signature moustache grille and crystalline cut full-LED headlamps with 8 strips inspired by Bonheimian’s traditional glass art, the front fascia of the SUV looks quite aggressive. Styling bits such as bold chrome surround on the grille and the fog lamps with infused LED units add more to its sporty appearance.
The bold side creases complement the aggressive front styling. The body width emphasises at the rear by the horizontal creases. Moving towards the side, 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 further accentuate its side appearance. Read – 3 New Skoda Cars To Launch In India
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.
Proportionally, the new Skoda SUV is 4,382mm long, 1,814mm wide and 1,605mm tall. The SUV has a long wheelbase of 2,638mm and stands at a ground clearance of 200mm. With these figures, 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
In tandem with Skoda cars that brim with new technology, the Karoq premium SUV comes with a wide array of comfort goodies and driver centric features. Interestingly, Karoq will be the first Skoda car to feature an all-digital centre console. It also gets all-new modular infotainment system with a capacitive touchscreen display supporting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as well.
On the other hand, the India-spec Karoq might be equipped with the SmartLink+ infotainment system that will be compatible to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The car will also offer 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. Check Out – 2019 Skoda Fabia Pictures & Details
The global-spec model features Skoda’s Modular Infotainment Matrix system with capacitive touch display. Features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, and an optional LTE module will be restricted to 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.
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. Read – Skoda Kamiq Crossover Feature Details
Similar to the global-spec, the India-bound Karoq will come with both petrol and diesel powertrian options. The diesel version could be packed with a 2.0-litre, TDI unit that will deliver an estimated mileage of 15kmpl to 18kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol version with a 1.5-litre engine will promise fuel efficiency around 13kmpl.
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI Diesel|
|Gearbox||7-speed DSG & 6-speed Manual|
Globally, Skoda’s new five-seat SUV will be made available in a range of petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol models will make use of a 1.0-litre, turbocharged and a 1.5-litre TSI unit. While the former makes a top power of 113bhp with 175Nm, the latter one delivers a maximum power output of 148bhp with 250Nm of torque. The diesel engines will include a 1.6-litre making power worth 113bhp against 250Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre TDI turbo tuned for generating two power outputs – 148bhp/340Nm and 188bhp/400Nm. All powertrains will come with a manual and an automatic gearbox option.
In India, the Skoda Karoq SUV is likely to be offered with a 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel engine, which is already used in the Kodiaq SUV. This oil burner is good enough for 148bhp and 340Nm of torque. Just to jog your memory, the Yeti was powered by the same powertrain but with lesser power output of 109bhp and 250Nm. Read – Skoda Kodiaq Vs Toyota Fortuner
For power, the petrol version of the compact SUV will use the higher capacity 1.5-litre motor pushing out a maximum power of 148bhp. While a 6-speed gearbox will be standard across the carline, a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission will be optional on select variants. In addition, the carline will come with FWD and AWD drivetrains.
With multiple storage compartments, 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. Besides this, the Skoda Karoq will be equipped with features such as keyless entry, cruise control and push button start/stop system. Furthermore, 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 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. Read – Skoda Kodiaq Vs Ford Endeavour
For ensuring occupants’ safety, Skoda equips the Karoq with some driver centric goodies and safety equipment. For driver assistance, there will be park assist, lane assist & traffic jam assist, Blind spot detect, emergency assist service and pedestrian protection. 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.
In Euro NCAP crash tests, Skoda Karoq 5-seater premium SUV (global model) achieved top spot. Secured 5-star rating, the Karoq scored 93% in adult occupant protection, 79% child occupant protection and 78% in pedestrian protection.
Sharing some of its design bits with the Kodiaq, the Skoda Karoq appears quite sporty and masculine. 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, the SUV is likely to have an edge over rivals. With such attributes, the Karoq will make an all-round package for buyers who are looking for a premium compact SUV. In the Indian market, the Karoq will lock horns with cars like Mahidnra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. As for the pricing, the Karoq is likely to be positioned slightly more than Tucson.
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