Late last month, we brought you details of Škoda’s new crossover SUV along a few photos of it, albeit in camouflage. Now, the Czech automaker has officially revealed the crossover, called Karoq. Unveiled in Stockholm over the weekend, the Karoq replaces the Yeti, which has been a popular model for the brand despite its polarising looks.
And as you can see from the photos above, Škoda has decided to keep the new crossover’s styling more conventional than the Yeti’s and more in line with the template set by the larger Kodiaq SUV. At 4,382mm, its slightly longer than the car it replaces, but is less wider at 1,841mm and shorter in height at 1,605mm. But it’s still quite a practical utility vehicle3 with a 521-litre boot that’s expandable to 1,630 litres. And the 2,630mm wheelbase, an increase over the Yeti’s, adds to the cabin space, which Škoda says is ‘generous’. Adding to the practicality and flexibility of the passenger space is the Vario Flex seating system that lets the three rear seats be individually adjusted and also be completely removed if needed, converting the Karoq into a ‘van-like SUV’ with a load capacity of 1,810 litres.
The Škoda Karoq comes equipped with a host of connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi hotspot and optional LTE that lets passengers surf the internet and access email and other web services. It also comes with Care Connect services for assistance in case of breakdowns and emergencies, including an Emergency Call button. The SmartLink+ platform is compatible with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link while the Phonebox lets you keep your smartphone battery alive via inductive charging. Other tech features and driver aids include Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and Emergency Assist.
While the chassis set-up can be modified via Driving Mode Select with the Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) modes, there are five engine variants to choose from. Out of these two are petrol engines and are also new. The smallest is a 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder that makes 115 horsepower and a maximum torque of 200Nm. It does 0 to 100kph in 10.6 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 187kph. Although a six-speed manual is available, we’ll be getting a seven-speed DGS, that is if they bring this engine here. More likely to come this side is the 1.5-litre TSI engine with 150 horsepower, which mated to the same seven-speed DSG, does the benchmark sprint in 8.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 204kph.
The Karoq is set to hit showrooms ion the second half of this year.