Skoda Karoq compact SUV makes its global debut


But the Yeti is no longer for this world, as Skoda has banished that nameplate for a new one - the Karoq. Skoda has given no official confirmation as to if the Karoq will come to India and if yes, then when will it arrive?

Apart from the obvious change in dimension compared to the Kodiaq SUV, Karoq's headlight and taillight design are slightly different.

Technology will feature heavily in the auto, with the Karoq the first Skoda to offer a digital instrument panel pioneered by Audi with its Virtual Cockpit - its settings will be able to be personalised for up to three different drivers. Karoq is a more uncontroversial name, and should help Skoda position the compact SUV more strongly in the market.

Skoda has stated that it will offer either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on most models, there will also be both front- and all-wheel drive options within the range.

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Seen here in official images for the first time, the Karoq is a larger vehicle than the one it replaces, It's 4,382mm long and 1,841mm wide - figures that are 160mm and nearly 50mm up on the Yeti's dimensions respectively. The boot space of the Skoda Karoq is 521 litre with the rear seats in place. One of the most interesting features on the Karoq is a fully digital instrument, a first for Skoda. We told you the Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Ateca are heavily related to the Skoda Karoq, which stands at 4,382 millimeters (172.5 inches) long, 1,841 mm (72.4 inches) wide, 1,605 mm (63.2 inches) tall, and packing a great wheelbase stretching at 2,638 mm (104 inches). 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.

The Karoq is being launched with a line-up of five engines. With its VarioFlex system which allows the second row seats to be removed or individually adjusted, this space could be further boosted to 1,810 litres. The interiors on the Karoq are almost identical to the other Skoda cars in terms of layout and familiarity. 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. It has Skoda's Phonebox as well, which offers inductive wireless charging and couples the smartphone to the roof antenna. Other than that, the Karoq gets the full set of driver assistance systems like Park Assist, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection.

All powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as start -stop- technology with regenrative braking. The new 1.5 TSI has the special feature of cylinder deactivation. The 2.0 TDI with 190 PS comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. The Skoda Karoq globally and in India will take on the likes of the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass and should be priced at about the Rs 18-25 lakh price bracket when it makes it to India in 2018.