– Skoda Karoq will be launched in India early next year.
– This 5-seater premium SUV will come as a replacement to the Skoda Yeti.
– In India, it will take on the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson.
– The SUV will come with both petrol and diesel engine options.
The all-new Skoda Karoq will underpin VW’s MQB platform and will share components with the VW Tiguan.
With an aim further expand its SUV lineup, Skoda Auto is planning to launch its Karoq 5-seater premium SUV in the Indian market. Earlier it was reported that the SUV’s launch would be sometime this year, but it has now been pushed further. It will take next 12 to 18 months to hit the Indian shores. After the Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, 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.
To be introduced as a Yeti replacement, the Karoq will be Skoda’s next entry-level SUV in the premium segment where it 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. Read More – Skoda Octavia 2017 | Skoda Rapid 2017
– 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
Talking to a media publication, 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.
Similar to the Kodiaq, Skoda India will bring in the Karoq premium 5-seater SUV via CKD 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. With Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson in its site, Skoda Karoq SUV is estimated to be priced between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.
Skoda’s all-new Karoq will share its underpinning (VW’s MQB) with the company’s first seven-seater SUV – Kodiaq. Most of the design and styling bits are carried over from its larger sibling. The 5-seater SUV features multiple crystalline elements and represents Skoda’s new design language. Sporting signature moustache grille and crystalline cut full-LED headlamps with 8 strips inspired by Bonheimian’s traditional glass art, the face of the car looks quite aggressive. What add more to its appearance are the bold chrome surround on the grille and the fog lamps with infused LED units.
The side profile too looks aggressive, complements the bold face. The body width emphasises at the rear by the horizontal creases. 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.
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.
With respect to dimensions, the new Skoda SUV measures 4,382mm in length, 1,814mm in width and 1,605mm in height. The SUV sits on the 2,638mm wheelbase and has a ground clearance of 200mm. With 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
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 Skoda car to feature an all-digital centre console. It also gets all-new modular infotainment system with a capacitive touchscreen display, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as well.
On the other hand, the India-spec Karoq 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.
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 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.
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.
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|
Globally, Skoda’s new five-seat SUV will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel powertrain options. There will be two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre, turbocharged and a 1.5-litre TSI – churning out a maximum power of 113bhp with 175Nm and 148bhp with 250Nm respectively. The diesel engines will include a 1.6-litre producing 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.
In India, the Skoda Karoq SUV is likely to come with a 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel engine that also powers the Kodiaq SUV. This oil burner can produce a top power of 148bhp against 340Nm of peak torque. Just to jog your memory, the Yeti was powered by the same powertrain but with lesser power output of 109bhp and 250Nm.
Powering the petrol version will be the higher capacity 1.5-litre motor pushing out power worth 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 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 come with a host of features including some driver centric goodies and safety equipment. For driver assistance, there will be park assist, lane assist & traffic jam assist, Blind sport 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) received top score. Secured 5-star rating, the Karoq scored 93% in adult occupant protection, 79% child occupant protection and 78% in pedestrian protection.
In India, the Skoda Karoq will face challenge from the cars like 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.