Following its successful foray into the world of SUVs with the Kodiaq, Škoda had promised to keep expanding its model line-up over the coming years with primary focus on broadening the SUV range. Now, the Czech carmaker has delivered on that promise by announcing its second SUV, the Karoq. While it’s all-new, the compact SUV will effectively replace the Yeti, which was our Crossover of the Year in 2013.
Only a camouflaged prototype has been shown yet, but the Karoq is said to represent the brand’s new SUV design language. While it does look sharp in a mini-Kodiaq way, it doesn’t have the quirk factor that the Yeti had when it was launched back in 2009. But then this new design will probably be a safer bet for the automaker with its new global ambitions.
Sharing its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Karoq will be introduced with five engine variants ranging in output from 115bhp to 190bhp. At 4,382mm long, 1,841mm wide, and 1,605mm high, it’s got decent proportions overall, and thanks to a wheelbase of 2,638mm, it promises to offer reasonably good passenger room. Same goes for the cargo capacity, which is 521 litres with the back seats in place, which is expandable to 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down. It will also feature the latest infotainment and connectivity features including Škoda’s LTE-compatible Connect services.
The Karoq will make its global debut on May 18 in Stockholm, and go on sale in the second half of this year.