Czech auto maker Skoda has recently launched its first 7-seater Kodiaq premium SUV in India, and it is known that the company is studying the Indian market to launch its Karoq SUV as well. Amid the expectations that the Skoda Karoq SUV could soon make it to the Indian car market, the SUV has been spied in India. As per the reports, the new Karoq has been spotted in a parking lot of the international airport in Mumbai. However, the Skoda Karoq SUV model caught by the spy shutterbugs in India seems to be a global-spec model, as it flaunts Czech number plates at its front and rear.
The new Skoda Karoq made its world premiere recently as the global replacement model for the popular Yeti SUV. In India, Skoda had long discontinued the Yeti SUV. Currently, the Czech car maker, which especially known for its luxurious sedan models in India offers it’s a sole SUV model in the form of the Kodiaq that launched earlier this month. When launch in the Indian car market, the new Karoq will be positioned just below larger Kodiaq in Skoda India’s product lineup.
The Skoda Karoq is a 5-seater SUV model and is based on the MQB modular platform from Skoda’s parent company Volkswagen Group. This platform underpins several models from Volkswagen Group such as the Kodiaq, Octavia, Superb and the new Volkswagen Passat, and should help the company to effectively price the Karoq more competitively in order to ensure its success in the price sensitive Indian market.
Globally, the Karoq comes with an engine range comprising of two petrol and three diesel units. The petrol engine range includes a 115hp 1.0litre TSI mill and a 150hp 1.5L TSI motor, while the diesel engine range include a new 115hp 1.6L, a 150hp 2.0l and the top-end 189hp 2.0L motors. A 6 speed manual transmission is standard, while the range topping engine gets 7-speed automatic transmission. The SUV comes in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive system options. In India, the Karoq could get the same power-train as that of the Kodiaq.
The Skoda Karoq’s cabin features a customizable digital instrument panel, which is a first in any Skoda model. There are three keys to store individual driver’s preferred drive mode, infotainment and other settings. There will be a large 9.2 inch touchscreen infotainment system along with gesture control, adjustable interior ambient lighting, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a virtual pedal, hands-free boot release, electrically retractable tow bar and much more.
The Karoq SUV offers a cargo space of 521 liters which can be expanded to up to 1,630 liters with its rear seats folded flat. The SUV features the VarioFlex system, allowing the three rear seats to be individually adjusted or removed to offer highly flexible seating arrangement and further expand the boot space to a massive 1,810 litres.
Post its Indian launch, the Karoq will be going up against the likes of the Jeep Compass, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Hyundai Tuscon.