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Skoda shows off new Karoq SUV in Sweden

19 May, 2017, 16:19 | Author: Nadine Todd
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The reason for the change is to more closely align the Volkswagen Tiguan-sized SUV to its larger Kodiaq sibling. It shares its styling with the recently launched larger sister model, the Kodiaq.

Diesels comprise the 148bhp 2.0 TDI seen in models such as the Octavia as well as new 187bhp 2.0 and 113bhp 1.6 TDI units. Take them all out and the Karoq can take on small vans for space, at up to 1810 litres.

Its three rear seats are individual, if ordered with a "VarioFlex" system, making the interior one of the more practical of this type of vehicle.

True to its word, Skoda has made the Karoq look like a baby Kodiaq - which previously adopted the brand's new SUV design language - with the same crystalline elements throughout. A sculpted bonnet with two prominent lines running down the centre which gives the Karoq a muscular, yet sleek appearance.

Up front, it gets Skoda's latest twin-slat grille also found in the Kodiaq. The bold shoulder line which starts off from the front fender runs all the way back to the rear tail lamps before making its way around the back and going back up front to the other fender.

Power on the Karoq will be delivered through two petrol engines, a 1.0 litre TSI and a bigger 1.5 litre TSI with active cylinder deactivation tech. The displacement ranges are 1.0, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 l. India is likely to get the new 1.5-litre TSI and VW Group's regular 2.0-litre TDI unit. The former makes 115hp while the latter is good for 189hp.

With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG, Skoda said.

After much teasing and many spy shots, the all-new Skoda Karoq has finally broken cover.

Part of the dimensions it is known that the vehicle length is 4382 mm, width - 1841 mm, height 1641 mm.as the wheel base front wheel drive version is 2638 mm, and in four-wheel drive - 2630.

The Karoq comes with a host of features that either aid the driver or simply make your experience inside the cabin a more pleasant one. The new digital instrument panel will be fully customizable. There's also the option of adjustable electro-hydraulic suspension. Ambient light is built into the decorative door trims and the dashboard and a total of ten different colours of lights are available to choose from. Also on offer are the Skoda Connect mobile online services, which feature infotainment online services for information and navigation and CareConnect services for assistance in case of breakdowns and emergencies. It also has the option of an LTE module that brings faster internet for the hotspot, and introduces gesture control to a Skoda for the first time.

Being a successor to the Yeti, the Karoq will have a lot to live up to the unorthodox standards its predecessor has set. The Skoda Karoq gets a large central touchscreen with all the expected goodies like Apple CarPlay and gets dual zone climate control too. Skoda has given no official confirmation as to if the Karoq will come to India and if yes, then when will it arrive?

As of now, we expect the auto to hit Indian markets late this year or early next year.

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