Skoda shows off new Karoq SUV in Sweden
The Czech manufacturer has finally pulled the wraps off its long-anticipated Yeti replacement
Skoda has pulled the wraps off its replacement for the popular Yeti crossover – the Karoq.
The Czech manufacturer unveiled the new C-segment SUV to the world yesterday at the Artipelag museum near Stockholm, in Sweden, after releasing numerous teaser images ahead of its debut.
As far as looks are concerned, the Karoq bears a striking resemblance to the larger Skoda Kodiaq SUV, as well as its sister car, the Seat Ateca.
Customers will be able to choose from five different powertrains, comprising two petrol engines and three diesels, with power outputs ranging from 113bhp to 187bhp.
All engines will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic. The largest 2.0-litre, 187bhp diesel variant is fitted with four-wheel drive and a DSG transmission as standard.
Skoda has equipped the Karoq with a wide range of driver assistance systems, including park assist, lane assist and traffic jam assist. Other safety features include blind spot detection and front assist.
The new Karoq is the first Skoda to benefit from the wider VW Group’s digital instrument panel. This sleek system can be programmed to show the driver’s preferred settings, including satellite navigation, speed plus driving data.
As well as featuring plenty of technology, the Karoq also promises respectable levels of practicality. The 521-litre boot can be increased to a cavernous 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down. With the seats in place, the Karoq offers more space than a Seat Ateca, although its other sister car – the Volkswagen Tiguan – boasts a larger 615-litre boot.
No word has yet been issued on how much the new Karoq will cost, but an entry-level model could sit at around the £18,000 mark – similar to an entry-level Seat Ateca.
Skoda has said that the Karoq’s market launch is set for the second half of 2017.
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