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Skoda Karoq SUV India Launch, Expected Price, Specs, Features

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV India

The Skoda Karoq SUV will hit Indian roads by the end of 2019.

Last year, Skoda Auto announced ‘India 2.0’ project under which the Czech Republic carmaker will play an even more important role for Volkswagen Group in the development of the Indian car market. The company will design and produce all its new models locally in India that will be based on VW Group’s MQB platform, which already fulfils the stricter legal requirements that come into force in 2020. Aiming to expand its product portfolio, Skoda will bring in the Skoda Karoq 5-seater premium SUV and the Skoda Vision X concept based compact SUV in the country.

The Skoda Karoq SUV will first one to arrive in the market, which will be followed by the compact SUV in 2020. The former will be the second Skoda SUV based on the tried & tested Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The Karoq, which first broke cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, will be assembled via CKD kit at the company’s Aurangabad based facility.

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 face challenge from cars like Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and newly-launched Tata Harrier. 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.

Skoda Karoq Unveiled Rear Profile

Skoda Karoq Features

– 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

Skoda Karoq Unveiled Front

Skoda Karoq Launch Date

The company has confirmed that the SUV will arrive in India with BSVI compliant diesel powertrain. The exact launch timeline is yet to be announced, but media reports claim that the SUV could go on sale by the end of 2019. We will update the official launch date and details once the carmaker announces it.

Skoda Karoq Price In India

Minimum 15 Lakh
Maximum 20 Lakh

Similar to the Kodiaq, Skoda India will import the Karoq premium 5-seater SUV via CKD (completely knocked down) route. The SUV will be assembled locally at the manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Compared to its direct rivals, the prices of Sokda’s new premium 5-seater are likely to be on a higher notch. We believe that the Skoda Karoq SUV price in India will start from Rs 18 lakh for the entry-level model and go up to Rs 25 lakh for the range-topping variant. If launched at this price point, it will give a tough fight to Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Tata Harrier. Read – Skoda Kamiq SUV India Launch Details

Skoda Karoq Exterior

Skoda’s all-new Karoq will share its underpinning with the Kodiaq seven-seater SUV – i.e. VW’s MQB platform. Most of its design and styling elements will also be carried over from 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

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV India side profile

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.

Dimensions

Dimensions Karoq
Length 4,382mm
Width 1,841mm
Height 1,605mm
Wheelbase 2,638mm
Ground Clearance 200mm

With respect to dimensions, the new Skoda SUV measures 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605mm in height with 2,638mm long wheelbase. The SUV has 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. Check Out – All New Skoda Scala Hatchback Pictures

Skoda Karoq Interior

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 supporting 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

Skoda Karoq Unveiled Interior

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.

Skoda Karoq infotainment system

Skoda Karoq Mileage

Petrol Around 13-15kmpl
Diesel 15-18kmpl

Similar to the global-spec, the India-bound Karoq will come with both petrol and diesel powertrian options. The diesel version might be offered with a 2.0L, TDI unit that will deliver an estimated mileage of 15kmpl to 18kmpl. The petrol version, on the other hand, will make use of a 1.5L turbocharged engine promising fuel efficiency around 13kmpl.

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV India front

Skoda Karoq Specifications

Petrol Engine 1.5L TSI
Max Power 148bhp
Max Torque
Diesel Engine 2.0-litre TDI turbo
Max Power 148bhp
Max Torque 340Nm
Transmission 6-speed, 7-speed DSG

Similar to the global-spec, the India-bound Karoq will come with both petrol and diesel powertrian options. The diesel version might be offered with a 2.0L, TDI unit that will deliver an estimated mileage of 15kmpl to 18kmpl. The petrol version, on the other hand, will make use of a 1.5L turbocharged engine promising fuel efficiency around 13kmpl.

SKODA KAROQ SPECIFICATIONS

Globally, Skoda’s new five-seat SUV will be made available with multiple petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol models will be propelled by a 1.0-litre, turbocharged and a 1.5-litre TSI unit. While the former delivers a maximum power of 113bhp against 175Nm, the latter one pushes out a peak power of 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. The diesel engines will include a 1.6-litre developing a maximum power of 113bhp and 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 will be offered with both petrol and diesel powertrains. Powering the diesel model will be a 2.0-litre TDI turbo engine that also does duty in the Kodiaq SUV. This engine will be tuned to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. Its power and torque outputs stand at 148bhp and 340Nm respectively.

The petrol version of the compact SUV will source its power from the higher capacity 1.5-litre motor making a top 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.

Skoda Karoq Practicality

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.

Skoda Karoq Boot Space

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV India 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 

Skoda Karoq Safety & Braking

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.

Skoda Karoq Compact SUV India rear

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.

Is it worth waiting for?

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 Tata Harrier, Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass. As for the pricing, the Karoq is likely to be positioned slightly more than Tucson.

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Skoda Karoq Preview
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Summary

Coming as a replacement to the Yeti, the Skoda Karoq will be based on the VW Group's new-generation MQB platform, that will make it lighter, faster and more frugal.

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