Škoda Auto has confirmed ‘Karoq’ as the name of its upcoming compact SUV. The name refers to an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska.
The Yeti-replacement to be unveiled on May 18, 2017 in Stockholm – will be on-sale in Europe sometime in the second half of 2017, while India launch is not on cards anytime soon. Volkswagen Group will test its fortune with the VW Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq in the country, if found success they’ll bring Skoda’s new compact SUV.
Design-wise, the Karoq will appeal to buyers who prefer ordinary crossovers with its sharp design cues from the bigger Kodiaq – built on the modular MQB platform shared with VW Tiguan, Seat Ateca and the Audi Q3 is 4.30 metres long and is a five-seater compact SUV. Like the above models, the Karoq will be available in two- or four-wheel drive modes.
Noteworthy features include full LED headlights with clear-lens optics, LED interior ambient lighting, a remote hands-free boot opening function and a digital instrument console. Furthermore, a range of driver-assistance systems like parking assistant, front assist with predictive pedestrian protection, lane assist, traffic-jam assistant and blind spot detection.
The Karoq will come with a range of five turbocharged engines: two TSI petrols and three TDI diesels with displacements ranging from 1.0- to 2.0-litre. A range of transmission options are available – 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid variant may also be introduced at later-date.
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