The India-bound Skoda Karoq has impressed with its safety features by scoring 5-stars in the recent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The SUV scored 93 percent in adult occupant protection, 79 percent in child occupant protection, 73 percent in pedestrian protection, while the efficiency of its safety assist system scored 58 percent.
"We are delighted that the new Skoda Karoq has also passed the Euro NCAP tests with flying colours," says Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, Christian Strube.
"We are constantly working on optimising the passive and active safety of our models and developing occupant and pedestrian protection, as well as assistance systems. Numerous driver assistance systems are installed in the Karoq that would otherwise only be found in higher vehicle classes," says Strube.
The Skoda Karoq comes equipped with a host of safety features including seven airbags, Isofix mounts for child seat at the front and rear, specially designed front seat headrests that decrease whiplash and a proactive occupant protection system that tightens the front seatbelts in case of a crash and closes any open windows including the sunroof.
The SUV also offers driver assistance systems; the Karoq comes with cameras as well as radar and sensor-based systems from the front radar assistant, which includes city emergency braking to a lane-keeping system and camera-based traffic sign recognition system.
India launch of the Skoda Karoq is expected sometime in 2018; however, there is no official confirmation from Skoda. When launched the Skoda Karoq will be positioned below the company's flagship Kodiaq SUV.
For the global market, the Skoda Karoq is offered with two petrol engines and three diesel units. The petrol models includes a 113bhp, 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder engine and a 148bhp, 1.5-litre TSI unit with cylinder deactivation technology.
As for the diesel options, a new 113bhp, 1.6-litre engine, the 148bhp, 2.0-litre oil burner from the Kodiaq, and a range-topping 187bhp, 2.0-litre engine. The range-topping engine comes paired with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox as standard, while the remaining units come mated to 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Skoda Karoq is a 5-seater SUV and will rival the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Skoda is one of the few brands in the world whose entire product lineup has received a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests, emphasizing the Czech carmaker does not compromise on the safety of their vehicles.
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