Skoda Karoq 2017 Revealed
The Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 saw the world premiere of the all-new Skoda Karoq SUV. Skoda is looking to boost its SUV range with the introduction of the compact Karoq, which replaces the Yeti in the automaker’s line-up.Karoq echoes the popular Kodiaq in terms of style and design, albeit with reduced proportions.
The curtain has finally been lifted on the new Skoda Karoq – the second prong of the firm’s attack on the lucrative SUV market, which started with the larger Kodiaq.
2018 Skoda Karoq SUV styling
The Karoq features Skoda’s recent angular design language inspired, we’re reliably informed, by Czech crystals. It has a chrome-trimmed grille with vertical slats, angular headlights and optional full-LED headlights with daytime running light signatures. It also comes with LED brake lights as standard.
Karoq is a compact SUV measuring just 4382mm in length, 1841mm in width and 1605 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2638 mm. These proportions allow a huge boot space of 521-litres, with the seats upright and 1,630 when they are folded flat. This luggage space can be expanded father if the back seats are removed, transforming the Karoq into a van with 1,810-litres of space.
2018 Skoda Karoq SUV interior
The interior will be comfortable, spacious and – if its recent models are anything to go by – well put together. Like the larger Kodiaq, the materials will be pleasant and hard wearing but not as plush as those used in the VW Tiguan.
The Karoq features digital dials as an option in a similar fashion to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – a first for the firm– and a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity. The upgraded infotainment system adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Karoq’s is roomier than the Yeti model it replaces. It offers a 521-litre boot, which jumps to a huge 1,630 litres with the rear seats down. You can also remove the rear seats entirely, leaving a van-like 1,810-litre capacity. An optional rear-seat setup made up of three individual chairs lets you slide and fold each individually – allowing you to prioritise boot space or passenger room as you need it.
2018 Skoda Karoq SUV engines and driving
Powering the Karoq is a choice of five different engine variants, including two petrol and three diesel. The power outputs for these engine range from 85kW (115bhp) to 140kW (190bhp). Displacement capacities range from 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litres with all variants available to be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic transmissions. The top of the range 2.0-litre TDI diesel powertrain which produces (190bhp) can only be specified with a seven-speed DSG.
Four-wheel drive is optional for extra grip in poor driving conditions. An optional off-road driving mode optimises the car’s traction control system to maximise grip in the slipperiest of conditions.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said: “This car is going to continue our SUV campaign. “It’s got exactly what it needs to be just as successful as Skoda’s first big SUV the Kodiaq which got of a very successful start with almost 50,000 deliveries since it was launch in April. It offers more than you’d expect of a compact SUV.”
Entry-level models will cost around £17,000 and the car will go on sale in late-2017.