Skoda Karoq Unveiled : Images, Features, Powertrain and All You Need to Know

Skoda Karoq SUV

Skoda Karoq SUV

The new Skoda's wheelbase figures are identical to those of front- and four-wheel-drive versions of the SEAT Ateca - but that's no surprise, given that both cars are produced on the VW Group's MQB chassis architecture.

Apart from the obvious change in dimension compared to the Kodiaq SUV, Karoq's headlight and taillight design are slightly different. The front bumper gets minimalistic design lines flowing along the width that give the SUV a wider front profile. The systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

According to the manufacturer, the boot can swallow up to 521 litres when the rear seats remain upright, but this volume can expand to 1630L with the second row folded down. The seats can also be completely removed resulting in a loading capacity of 1,810 litres. 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 interiors on the Karoq are almost identical to the other Skoda cars in terms of layout and familiarity.

Amundsen uses the same screen but includes navigation and a wi-fi hotspot, while the range-topper, called Columbus, is based on a 9.2-inch display and includes a DVD/CD drive and 64Gb of onboard memory. It has Skoda's Phonebox as well, which offers inductive wireless charging and couples the smartphone to the roof antenna.

The Karoq comes with a host of features that either aid the driver or simply make your experience inside the cabin a more pleasant one. It comes equipped with park assist, lane assist and traffic jam assist.

The Skoda Karoq will be available with a choice between five engines, two petrol and three diesel.

The new Karoq won't go on sale in the United Kingdom until the end of 2017, and the range will no doubt grow rapidly to include more engine options - including a hybrid or two - Sportline and Scout versions and, perhaps, even a Karoq vRS. Skoda claims it can crack 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 131mph - although its Carbon dioxide emissions of 138g/km mean it's likely to be one of the niche choices in the range, especially in the UK. 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. All the powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units as well as start-stop technology and brake energy recovery. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains are mated with either 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. Skoda will also offer cylinder deactivation feature on the 1.5 TSI motor that we believe will make it one of the most efficient 1.5-litre units in its segment.

Speaking to our sister publication, Auto Express, Skoda's CEO Bernhard Maier said it expected to sell far more Karoqs than it did Yetis, a vehicle which found roughly 100,000 homes a year. However, the Kodiaq will be launched in the coming months in India and we expect the Karoq to come to India in similar fashion, an year after its global reveal.