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Skoda are planning to add to their SUV range later this year with the new Skoda Karoq joining the existing Kodiaq and the Yeti on the roster.

With a name originating from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska, "The Skoda Karoq is a completely newly designed SUV that sets new benchmarks for our brand and its segment in every way. With this new SUV, we are taking the next logical step in our SUV strategy," said Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. "The Skoda Karoq impresses with its unique brand identity and a distinctive product identity and is introducing – alongside the typical ŠKODA strengths – the brand’s new, emotive design language into the compact SUV segment."

As part of Skoda’s 2025 future strategy, the brand will focus will be on expanding the SUV portfolio in particular, with the Karoq smaller than the Kodiaq, more compact, and – for the first time in a Skoda – a digital instrument panel.

The Skoda Karoq

Skoda have tried, and succeeded, to make the Karoq different from its other vehicles right from a first view of the exterior - shape, lines and dimensions - with added character.

The compact SUV measures 4,382 mm in length, is 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm high, with a wheel base of 2,638mm allowing plenty of space inside for passengers and driver alike.

The luggage compartment has a capacity of 521 litres with the rear seats in place; folded down we get 1630 litres. Seating is arranged in a VarioFlex system consisting of three separate seats, which can be individually adjusted and also be completely removed, allowing the Karoq to become van-like with a maximum load capacity of 1,810 litres. 

When it comes to connectivity, the Skoda Karoq is top of its segment, offering state-of-the-art functions, interfaces and equipped with capacitive touch displays - even a Wi-Fi hotspot with the top systems Columbus and Amundsen.

Skoda Connect mobile online services are divided into two categories: Infotainment online and CareConnect, with additional online services services accessed via the ŠKODA Connect app. These can be used to remotely check details, configure and find the parking place of your car using a smartphone. 

The SmartLink+ platform is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLinkTM, is available as an option for the basic infotainment system Swing, and as standard beyond that.

The Skoda Karoq offers a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems including:

  • Park Assist
  • Lane Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Blind Spot Detect
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Front Assist with predictive pedestrian protection and City Emergency Brake
  • Emergency Assist 
  • Hill-Hold Control
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Driver Alert

Cockpit displays on the freely programmable digital instrument panel, available for the first time in a Skoda, can be set to the driver’s individual preferences, and full-LED headlights with clear-lens optics are available as an option from the Ambition trim level upwards. In the interior, new LED ambient lighting in the decorative door trims and the dashboard can be set to one of ten colours.

When it comes to the engines, there are five engine variants – two petrol and three diesel engines – on offer:

Petrol engines:

First images of the new Skoda Karoq side1.0 TSI – 85 kW (115 PS), 175 Nm of torque, top speed of 187 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 10.6 seconds, combined consumption of 5.2 l per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 117 g/km 

1.5 TSI – 110 kW (150 PS), 250 Nm of torque, top speed of 204 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, combined consumption of 5.1 l per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 119 g/km 

Diesel engines:

1.6 TDI – 85 kW (115 PS), 250 Nm of torque, top speed of 188 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds, combined consumption of 4.5 l per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 118 g/km 

2.0 TDI – 110 kW (150 PS), 340 Nm of torque, top speed of 207 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, combined consumption of 4.4 l per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 115 g/km 

All figures apply to models with front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission. 

2.0 TDI – 140 kW (190 PS), 400 Nm of torque, top speed of 211 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, combined consumption of 5.3 l per 100 km, combined CO2 emissions of 138 g/km. 

All powertrains feature turbo-charged direct injection units, stop-start technology, brake energy recovery, and all comply with EU 6 regulations. With the exception of the most powerful diesel, all drivetrains can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) comes as standard with 4×4 drive and 7-speed DSG. 

The new Skoda Karoq also features an electrically opening tailgate, an electrically retractable tow bar, and an electromechanical parking brake as standard. 

Available from around the end of Summer 2017, register your interest in the Skoda Karoq with one of our Customer Service Representatives now. If you are interested in any of our other great deals on Skoda cars then Click Here and browse the latest deals.

First images of the new Skoda Karoq