Skoda Karoq compact SUV makes its global debut

Skoda Karoq SUV

The Skoda Karoq SUV has been unveiled, and it has the Nissan Qashqai in its sights. The name is derived from an indigenous language of a tribe that lives off the coast of Alaska, following the theme of the brand's larger seven-seat Kodiaq SUV which goes on-sale locally next month. It shares its styling with the recently launched larger sister model, the Kodiaq. Take them all out and the Karoq can take on small vans for space, at up to 1810 litres. The five-seater SUV offers a boot space of 521 litres, which can be expanded to 1,630 litres by flipping the rear seats forward.

Skoda has been sure not to lose the utilitarian capability of the previous auto, with optional individual rear seats, which are also completely removable, unlocking a huge 1810 litre load bay. A sculpted bonnet with two prominent lines running down the centre which gives the Karoq a muscular, yet sleek appearance. Apart from the Karoq's design, rest of the elements are shared with vehicles from VW, Seat and Audi. 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.

There are two petrols - a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 114bhp and 175Nm that emits 117g/km of Carbon dioxide, and a 1.5 four-cylinder producing 148bhp and 250Nm; thanks in part to cylinder deactivation technology, this more potent engine nearly matches the triple's Carbon dioxide emissions, at 119g/km. The 1.5-litre engine comes with cylinder deactivation technology which will help save fuel. Then there's a 2.0 with 148bhp and 340Nm - enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, despite the lowest Carbon dioxide emissions of the entire Karoq range, at 115g/km. The former makes 115hp while the latter is good for 189hp.

All engines will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic.

Stay tuned to CarDekho for more updates on the Skoda Karoq. However if the latter is true, there are more chances of Skoda bringing the range topping 189hp oil burner to India.

Five engine variants are available from launch, spanning 115PS to 190PS outputs, of which four are new.

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 compact SUV features new age driver-assistance systems, full LED headlights and - for the first time any of the Skoda SUV will feature a digital instrument panel. Blind Spot Detect. Automated emergency braking with predictive pedestrian protection also serves to increase safety.

Options will include Dynamic Chassis Control, which features adjustable dampers and offers Comfort, Standard and Sport settings. New LED ambient lighting in the decorative door trims and the dashboard creates a pleasant atmosphere, which can be set to one of ten colours. Platforms, infotainment systems and powertrain options, all of which are extremely competitive and state-of-the-art, are being shared across the group's several European brands, including Skoda and VW. It will also have inbuilt LTE connectivity for accessing the internet for different requirements.

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