Skoda Karoq replaces Yeti and targets Qashqai

Joanna Estrada
May 19, 2017

Skoda has used a global event in Stockholm, Sweden to fully unveil its Karoq mid-size SUV for the first time, with the new model set to arrive in Australia during the second quarter of next year.

As auto makers continue to add SUVs to their range to mop up auto buyers' hunger for high-riding vehicles of all size, Skoda has chose to drop the popular Yeti and replace it with this - the new Skoda Karoq SUV. Incidentally, the Skoda Kodiaq which was revealed past year also shares its name with a town in Alaska and the world's largest brown bear which is found primarily in the same region.

Diesel engines available for the Karoq meanwhile include a 1.6-litre TDI with 113bhp and two 2.0-litre TDI units with outputs of 148bhp and 186bhp. The luggage compartment boasts of a respectable 521 litres of space. We first saw a camouflaged version of the vehicle at the end of last month, but these images show clearly that the new model looks very much like a shrunken version of the seven-seat Kodiaq.

Up front, it gets Skoda's latest twin-slat grille also found in the Kodiaq.

It is clear from the exterior shape that designers have enjoyed giving Karoq the aggressive SUV look, modified lines and larger dimensions gives the SUV a modern look. With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,630 l. The sleek split tail lamps at the back look thoroughly, especially the LED bits.

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 entry-level diesel is a 1.6-litre motor, producing 114bhp and 250Nm of torque, and emitting 118g/km of CO2. The former makes 115hp while the latter is good for 189hp.

The new Karoq won't go on sale in the United Kingdom until the end of 2017, and the range will no doubt grow rapidly to include more engine options - including a hybrid or two - Sportline and Scout versions and, perhaps, even a Karoq vRS.

From the images it is evident that Skoda has tried to replicate the same design theme in the cabin as seen in the Kodiaq making the interior feel upmarket and premium.

Skoda offers a number of new technologies as options in the Karoq and an all-digital instrument cluster is the highlight. The driver can customise the instrument panel according to their individual preferences.

Skoda has equipped the Karoq with a wide range of driver assistance systems, including park assist, lane assist and traffic jam assist.

Furthermore, the Karoq comes loaded with full-LED headlights and LED interior ambient lighting - which is configurable up to 10 colours.

Top-variants of the new compact SUV gets infotainment systems that comes from second generation of the Group's Modular Infotainment Matrix, offering touchscreen display. The Internet connection is based on today's fastest mobile radio standard, with which passengers can surf and access email freely with their phones and tablets.

Being a successor to the Yeti, the Karoq will have a lot to live up to the unorthodox standards its predecessor has set.

Using an all-new design compared to the Yeti, the new Karoq utilises Volkswagen Group's MQB platform and will share many parts and bits of technology with the similarly-sized Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca.

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