Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Skoda Karoq SUV - Skoda's replacement for the Yeti - OFFICIALLY revealed

Skoda Karoq SUV - Skoda's replacement for the Yeti - OFFICIALLY revealed

The Skoda Karoq will be available with a choice between five engines, two petrol and three diesel.

The entry-level diesel is a 1.6-litre motor, producing 114bhp and 250Nm of torque, and emitting 118g/km of CO2.

Based on Volkswagen's ubiquitous MQB platform, the Karoq's comparatively long wheelbase and short overhangs should not only aid interior accommodation, but also go some way to maintaining the entertaining driving experience that made the Yeti so interesting against core rivals.

Skoda has stated that it will offer either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on most models, there will also be both front- and all-wheel drive options within the range. The 2.0 TDI with 190 PS comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. Skoda claims it can crack 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 131mph - although its Carbon dioxide emissions of 138g/km mean it's likely to be one of the niche choices in the range, especially in the UK. Four-wheel-drive editions can be specified with an off-road mode, which uses the traction control system and an electronic differential lock to improve traction.

At first glance, Skoda's attempt to maintain its quirky style is not off to a good start; the wrap-around glazing front and rear have both been replaced with a more conservative, albeit sophisticated look. Skoda states that the basic system with come with SmartLink+ system. The boot space of the Skoda Karoq is 521 litre with the rear seats in place.

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Speaking to our sister publication, Auto Express, Skoda's CEO Bernhard Maier said it expected to sell far more Karoqs than it did Yetis, a vehicle which found roughly 100,000 homes a year. But Skoda is offering an optional system called VarioFlex, which allows you to move all three of the rear seats individually - or to remove them altogether. The seats can also be completely removed resulting in a loading capacity of 1,810 litres. The entry-level Swing has a 6.5-inch touchscreen and includes DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

New technology for the Karoq - a crucial element to be successful in the baby SUV space - includes for the first time a digital instrument display, mirroring similar tech seen first in its group partner, Audi. It offers a range of layouts created to prioritise driving data or a range of additional information, including navigation instructions, a gear indicator or traffic sign information. We expect Skoda to bring the Karoq to India next year wherein it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan and Isuzu MU-X.

The Karoq will get full-LED head, tail and ambient lights, LED fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels and electrically adjustable heated seats as some of its features.

Maier said Skoda already has "very clear feedback" that customer demand exists for a vRS Skoda SUV, while the company's head of research and design, Christian Strube, said a Karoq PHEV would be a matter for Skoda's marketing department, rather than its engineers. The Karoq's European sales will commence in the second half of this year, while its Indian debut is expected to happen in 2018. Let us know in the comments section below.

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