5 Things You Need To Know About 2017 Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq is the new compact SUV that the company has been working on after the full-sized Kodiaq. The Czech-based automaker has been actively testing the new small SUV, which has been spotted a number of times in camouflage.

The Skoda Karoq will be positioned below the big Kodiaq and will be a replacement for the outgoing Yeti, a 5-seater SUV that could not live up to the expectation, at least in the Indian market. The new Karoq holds a fresh identity of itself despite being in placeof the outgoing car.

So here are the things that you should know about the new Skoda Karoq and with what potential it will be launched in the Indian market.

The name

Considering the two latest SUVs from Skoda, the Kodiaq and the Karoq, the Czech-based automaker has chosen names that root deep into the existence of humans in many underdeveloped tribal areas. Ironically, the name “Karoq” is taken from an indigenous tribe in Alaska in North America, a country in which the automaker has no operations yet. The name of the tribe is Alutiiq. In this tribal language, a car is known as “Kaa’raq” and an arrow is known as “Ruq”. Hence, the name Karoq signifies a car and an arrow. Interestingly, the central element of the company’s logo is an arrow.

The design

The Skoda Karoq, though a replacement of the Yeti, gets a design language similar to the elder sibling and not the outgoing one. In fact, it looks like a miniature version of the Kodiaq SUV to some extent. It measures 4,382 mm in length, 1,841 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height. All of this, including the 2,638 mm wheelbase is more than that of the Yeti, which means it will have enough room and will be more spacious than the outgoing car. Moreover, it will even have a bigger boot space (521 litres) than that of the Yeti.

Moreover, the new Skoda Karoq will also get “varioFlex” feature, with which, you passengers car adjust the seat forward or backward to dictate the capacity of the boot further.

On the outside, the Karoq gets the company’s butterfly shaped grille and split headlamps, which is also seen in the Kodiaq SUV. At the rear, it will be getting wraparound split LED tail lights.

The platform

The Skoda Karoq is based on the MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform which is the same as the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq. In fact, every entry-level and mid-sized vehicles that are built under the Volkswagen Group are built on the same platform. Among others, the Audi A3 and Audi A4 are also built on the same platform.

The power plant

The Skoda Karoq will be offered in five different engine specifications in the global market. These options will include two petrol engines (1.0-litre and 1.5-litre) and three diesel engines (1.6-litre along with 2.0-litre in two different trims). The power production across these five engines varies between 115 bhp to 190 bhp.

However, in India, only two engine option will be available i.e. a 1.5-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. As for the transmission section, there will be 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Interestingly, the 1.5-litre petrol engine will be featuring ACT (active cylinder management) technology, which will put off two of its four cylinders which have been driven up to a speed of 130 kms per hour at 1,400 to 4,000 revs per minute.

The competitors

The Skoda Karoq will be introduced in India at a time when full sized SUV and 5-seaters have already been catching up the pace and there are a number of quality vehicles on the block. When the Karoq is launched in India, it will be competing against similar SUVs like new Jeep Compass, new generation Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V. It will also be up against the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is a distant sibling to the Karoq itself.

Price and launch details

The Skoda Karoq is still under the development phase and has not been launched in any part of the world. For the global market, the SUV is expected to be launched by the later part of 2017 while India launch is expected to take place after that, most probably in early 2018.

This new Karoq SUV is expected to get a price tag of somewhere around the Rs. 20-25 lakhs. The company would be expecting the SUV to do good business in the Indian market with the new crystalline design language, something that the older Skoda Yeti dearly missed despite being a great featured and power packed SUV.