Czech automaker Skoda has finally revealed its new compact crossover, the Karoq. The Karoq will be the replacement model for the ageing Yeti.
The Yeti successor has not only changed its name but also has a new design which is inspired by its full-scale SUV, the Kodiaq. It may look like a smaller version of a full-fledged SUV, but the crossover has its identity regarding design.
The front end of the Karoq features chrome inserts around the radiator grille, and the grille has vertical double slats. The prominent highlights of the design are the headlamps, which is inspired by the Bohemian glass art. The tail lights also get the same treatment.
The interior of the crossover features touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster and dual-zone climate control.
The Skoda Karoq will be offered in a 5-seater configuration. If you require more boot space, the three independent seats can be removed to increase the boot capacity. The safety features on the Karoq include park assist, lane assist and blind spot detection.
The engine options on the Karoq include 1-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and 1.6-litre and 2-litre TDI oil burners. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The top-of-the-range model will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system.
Skoda has stated that the Karoq will go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2017. The new crossover is likely to hit the Indian roads in 2018. As the trend for crossovers and SUVs is growing in the country, Skoda is expected to locally assemble the Karoq in India.