Skoda is back after the lessons learnt from Yeti, with the 2017 Skoda Karoq another compact SUV for India.
The Yeti was a good product from Skoda. Despite its small dimensions, the compact SUV was a capable one but what put off potential buyers was the high price tag. Also the styling is more cute and friendly, not rough and tough like the compact off-roaders of today try to look like.
Now the successor to the Yeti the Skoda Karoq is coming and the Czechs are trying to amend things. Now they have a larger Volkswagen parts bin to access so the Skoda Karoq compact SUV should be competitively priced. Based on the MQB platform, the new compact SUV will be 4.38 metres long with a 2.63 millimetre wheelbase, so there will be ample space inside for the passengers and all the stuff you wish to load inside.
Styling is where Skoda has really spent time with and it shows with the reworked front end sporting full LED front headlights with projector headlamps as well. The front end with the Skoda grille is now more sharper and will appeal to a wider audience. There are additional fog lamps as well mounted below the headlights. Rear tail lights are also full LEDs and are sharper and angular in design.
With the full redesign on the outside, the Skoda Kaorq hasn’t lost any of the Yeti’s practicality and loved features. There is tons of space inside and the seats can be folded or removed to create about 1,630 liters when they are folded flat. With all the seats up there is a generous boot capacity of 521 litres as well.
With the VarioFlex system, individual seats can be moved and adjusted adding another 180 liters of space. All this makes the Skoda Karoq a practical machine especially for India as despite its compact SUV dimensions, there are lots of possibilities making it a utilitarian vehicle indeed. Interiors will have plush dual tone upholstery and good quality plastic bits borrowed from Volkswagen. The 12.3-inch multimedia system seen on many Audis and Volkswagens will take centre stage in the Skoda Karoq as well.
Talking about the engines, there will be the 1.5 litre diesel mill on offer with a DSG automatic option as well. This will make for most of the orders. Petrol engine options can be the 1.2 TSI or even the 1.5 TSI mill for more power.
Here is a video of the Skoda Karoq doing some laps around the Nurburgring, well a compact SUV and a race track don’t match but where else can you go to take the car to its limit safely. With the car in capable hands, any car can be a race car and even take on a 2017 911 GT3 in the corners.
May 18 is the date when the Skoda Karoq will be unveiled globally and you needn’t wait long as that’s tomorrow.
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“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna