India-bound 2020 Skoda Karoq Revealed
Skoda has updated the Karoq SUV and this model should be the one coming to our shores in mid-2020. The 2020 Karoq gets a mild cosmetic touch up, updated feature list and a 190PS diesel engine.
The mild cosmetic upgrade is in the form of Skoda lettering on the tailgate instead of the badge, much like how it is on the newer Skoda cars. Other than this, the Karoq remains the same inside-out. The Karoq is a mid-size SUV that would compete with the likes of the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and MG Hector in India. But we do not expect it to be priced as competitively as the Hector or Harrier. Instead, it would be priced close to the higher variants of the Jeep Compass, above the Rs 20 lakh mark.
Skoda has also added the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with 190PS output in the Karoq range. The engine is already available in the Kodiaq SUV in some markets, although we get the same engine (on the Kodiaq) with 150PS output in India. This engine is available with AWD and 7-speed DSG as standard. We don’t expect Skoda to offer this engine on the Karoq for India. Instead, the carmaker is likely to offer it in the 150PS tune.
The Karoq also gets the Side Assist feature, which is basically a more advanced version of the Blind Spot Detect system. The system can now identify cars in the blind spot within a range of 70m, up from 20m. Whenever it detects a car in the blind spot, it switches on a warning signal on the ORVM. The warning signal, which was previously situated in the ORVM’s glass, is now housed on the inner edge of the ORVM so that it is easily noticeable. Additionally, the signal’s brightness can also be adjusted now. Rear Traffic Alert feature, which warns about objects at the rear while reversing, is also a part of Side Assist.
Skoda used to offer Adaptive chassis (DCC) with the Karoq’s AWD models only. This feature adapts the car’s ride according to the surface on which it is being driven or the driving mode (Comfort, Normal and Sport). This feature is now available in FWD models as well.
The third update comes in the form of renewed KESSY (keyless entry, start and exit system). KESSY now gets an in-built motion sensor. Skoda says that the idea is to prevent stealing of the car. With this feature, if the key is not in motion for 15 minutes, the system’s transmitter would switch off and the car won’t open, even if the key is in close proximity.
The Karoq will be launched in India in mid-2020, and it should be this updated model that comes to our country. It remains to be seen what powertrains does it get in India and how equipped will the model be for the Indian car market.