Skoda has revealed the Karoq compact SUV in Sweden and the company is expected to expand its range of Karoq versions to include the SportLine and Scout versions, also, the officials admit that plug-in hybrid and high-performance vRS editions is being considered.
Skoda boss Bernhard Maier revealed that there is "obviously a demand" in a vRS Karoq, but the final decision is yet to be made. The Karoq is positioned as a family car, but Maier feels that they could respond to the demand for a performance version of the compact SUV.
Speaking to Autocar during the unveiling of the Karoq, Maier said: "We have from our customer base very clear feedback that there is obviously a demand for an SUV with our vRS logo."
He further said that the company is exploring the idea and will likely have a "substantial discussion"; however, the model hasn't been approved yet.
The Skoda Karoq's powerful iteration has a 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder unit which produces 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. The unit is paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system. This engine can sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds before topping out at 211km/h.
However, with the Skoda Karoq vRS, it is expected to be equipped with a 2.0-litre TSFI four cylinder motor. The engine is expected to churn out 296bhp and 380Nm of torque. This could help the Karoq sprint from 0-100km/h in about 6 seconds.
Maier also hinted at a hybrid version of the Karoq compact SUV, but it will not be before the company launches the Superb hybrid sedan in 2019.