Jeep Compass rival Skoda Karoq spied testing in India

Skoda will launch the Karoq compact SUV soon to rival the Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV 500. A test car was spied in a parking lot in India.

Skoda is expanding its lineup in India by introducing new vehicles. The SUV market is the booming one and Skoda is looking to cash in by introducing them in all price segments, from compact SUVs to the big ones. After the launch of the Kodiaq, the Skoda Karoq will be the next one in line for the Indian auto market.

A competitor, the Jeep Compass has been enjoying great success with the people warming up to the butch styling and the ability to go off-roading as well. The Skoda Karoq will look to take on the Jeep Compass and the other rivals like the Mahindra XUV 500 and the Tata Hexa. Hyundai’s Tucson is also a capable rival along with the recently launched Renault Captur.

Unlike the Renault Captur which looks European but uses a dated Renault Duster chassis underneath, the Skoda Karoq uses the state of the art MQB platform. The MQB platform is the base for many vehicles from the VW Golf to the Porsche Macan. So the Skoda Karoq is a capable SUV with good genes to start with. Using this platform makes the Karoq longer and wider than the model its replacing, the Yeti.

The design of the compact SUV Skoda Karoq is similar to the larger and more expensive Kodiaq, which isn’t a bad thing, well except for Kodiaq owners! From the grille to the headlights, the Karoq and Kodiaq share a similar design. The Karoq gets a dual-tone front bumper though and LED day time running lights integrated to the headlights. The rear of the car is different though and the Karoq’s styling actually looks sharper and interesting.

The top-spec Skoda Karoq gets a large touch screen infotainment system outside India and this should be carried over for the Indian car too. Some of the other safety featurs like traffic signal recognition, pedestrian protection etc might be dropped as it would raise the costs, making it unfeasible for the Indian market.

Coming to the engines, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel and the 1.5 TSI petrol engines will be the options available here. Replacing the Yeti, the Skoda Karoq will be a capable compact SUV and should receive love from the Indian consumers, unlike its sibling which was a cruel victim of buyer ignorance and also high pricing.

The Skoda Karoq should be launched in the coming months.

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