2018 Skoda Karoq made official debut at a special event in Stockholm; the Yeti replacement comes with five engine options
We revealed earlier that the Czech auto manufacturer Skoda was working on its next generation Yeti while saying that the SUV will come bearing a completely new design, new lightweight and rigid platform along with advanced technologies and with a brand new nomenclature.
As said, the new Skoda Karoq arrived taking heavy design inspiration from the Kodiaq, the automaker’s current flagship SUV. It made its first public appearance at a special event in Stockholm, Sweden before reaching showrooms in international markets during the course of this year. The production has now commenced at the Kvasiny plant, one of the company’s three manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic.
The brand new model will boast its belongings on the motor shows like in Frankfurt following its initial reveal. The Skoda Karoq certainly has borrowed plenty of styling elements from the flagship Kodiaq and its components are shared with Seat Ateca and the recently launched Volkswagen Tiguan in India.
It sports a sharper and far more stylish look than its predecessor with a completely different silhouette emphasising interior space and passenger comfort. With a slender profile, it looks more conventional than the Kodiaq and will be aiming to appeal for a large band of customers.
The Skoda Karoq is underpinned by the flexible Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. Up front, it features a new Black and vertically slated radiator grille with chrome detailing and sculpted bonnet. The headlamps are sharper and have gained projector units along with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights. With LED headlights optional, the front bumper too has also been inspired by the Skoda Kodiaq with a sleeker stance.
At the sides, it comes new and aggressively designed alloy wheels (between 16 to 19 inches size), chiseled bodywork and squarish wheel arches with black plastic cladding besides muscular tones and a blackened glass area delivering a pillar less look. Apart from that, the sharp character lines, turn indicator integrated on ORVMs and roof rails will enhance the appeal further.
The rear profile too is clearly inspired by the well-acclaimed Kodiaq SUV and has C-shaped LED taillights. Inside the cabin, improved quality seats and upholstery materials along with practical and premium features will be made available. Powertrain options include a range of turbocharged TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, while both the FWD and AWD driving technology will be on offer. On the transmission front, it will receive both manual and automatic gearbox options. A plug-in hybrid model could be introduced in the future as well.
The arrival of Karoq means the much loved Yeti will be effectively phased out. The new name is derived from the language of Alaska’s indigenous people. It denotes a combination of the terms “KAA’RAQ” (car) and “RUQ” (arrow). In a similar fashion to the Kodiaq, the nameplate is inspired from Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe from the Kodiak Island archipelago situated off the southern coast of Alaska.
Unlike its bigger sibling Kodiaq, the Karoq will be offered only in five-seat configuration. It will be the second premium SUV to be based on the MQB platform in India when it arrives supposedly sometime in the middle or later parts of next year. Skoda will launch the Kodiaq in the domestic market soon and its response will impact the arrival of the Yeti’s replacement we would reckon.
The Karoq has a boot capacity of 521 litres and it can be extended by up to 1,630 litres with rear seats folded down. It will come with a choice of five turbocharged engines for international markets. The all-new petrol engines featured are a smaller capacity 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder capable of 0-100 kmph in 8.4 seconds and a 1.5-litre TSI which offers cylinder-deactivation tech for greater fuel efficiency.
The new 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels enable the quickest 0-100 kmph time of 7.8 s and they will be accompanied by a familiar 2.0-litre TDI. In the top-spec models, it gets Skoda’s Drive Mode Select system with Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow modes.
The driver assist systems include radar-based adaptive cruise control, hill hold control, blind spot detect, front assist, automatic city braking, pedestrian braking system, etc. On the inside, gesture control for certain functions, wireless phone charging, heated steering wheel, heated seats, mobile online connection with 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a new digital instrument cluster are also present.
As part of Skoda’s 2025 future strategy, the brand says it will continue to consistently advance the expansion of its model range in the coming years and that the focus will be on expanding the SUV portfolio in particular. With the upcoming launch of the Karoq, Skoda’s SUV lineup is only getting spiced up along with the Kodiaq. It is a probable entrant into India next year at around Rs. 20 lakh range.
The Karoq measures 4,382 mm long, 1,841 mm wide, and 1,605 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,638 mm. It offers a commendable 521 litres of cargo capacity behind the rear seats and can be increased to 1,630 litres when the rear seats are folded down or else it can be removed entirely to allow a maximum volume of 1,810 litres. That’s impressive by any standards!
Here’s the Karoq’s global engine lineup:
A 1.0L TSI with 115 PS (113 hp) and 175 Nm of torque
A 1.5L TSI with 150 PS (148 hp) and 250 Nm of torque
A 1.6L TDI with 115 PS (113 hp) and 250 Nm of torque
A 2.0L TDI with 150 PS (148 hp) and 340 Nm of torque
A 2.0L TDI with 190 PS (187 hp) and 400 Nm of torque