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Meet India-Bound Skoda Karoq, Yeti’s Replacement

Modified On May 19, 2017 02:30 PM By Raunak for Skoda Karoq

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The Skoda Karoq looks worlds apart from the Yeti, with all the quirkiness of the latter gone for good! 

Skoda Karoq

Skoda has finally revealed the much awaited replacement of the Yeti, the Karoq, in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. The Karoq's European sales will commence in the second half of this year, while its Indian debut is expected to happen in 2018. It will sit below the Kodiaq (Skoda’s flagship SUV), which is launching soon, in India, and will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass, VW Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, among others.  

Skoda Karoq

If there’s one auto conglomerate in the world, which is gaining pretty well through its synergies, it is Volkswagen Group. Platforms, infotainment systems and powertrain options, all of which are extremely competitive and state-of-the-art, are being shared across the group's several European brands, including Skoda and VW. 

Skoda Karoq

It is just the basic essence of a particular brand that reflects through their vehicles, the rest is common and shared. In this case, it is Skoda. Apart from the Karoq's design, rest of the elements are shared with vehicles from VW, Seat and Audi. Let us see what tricks this India-bound Skoda Yeti replacement has up its sleeves.   

Design 

Skoda Yeti

Its overall silhouette is indicative of a clear departure from the Yeti’s design. The latter’s quirkiness has absolutely vanished and in comes a more mature stance, which is in line with the Kodaiq’s. 

Skoda Karoq

Up front, it gets Skoda’s latest twin-slat grille also found in the Kodiaq. The split-headlamps (full-LED headlights are optional) are carried forward from the pre-facelift Yeti, but unlike the Kodiaq, it gets a rectangular design. Its bigger, wider lower grille is in line with Skoda’s flagship SUV as well. 

Skoda Karoq

The sides are typical of VW Group cars with clean crisp lines. It flaunts squared wheel arches with all-around body cladding to reaffirm its SUV nature. The rear, again is Kodiaq-like, but there are subtle differences to make the two stand apart. It also gets split-wraparound ‘C’ shaped LED tail lamps (standard across the range), but only the LED light guides extend into the tailgate, unlike the big SUV.

Skoda Karoq

Features 

On the inside, it gets an all-digital instrument cluster, which is first for any Skoda, and it can be set to the driver’s individual preferences. This unit should be VW Group’s 12.3-inch unit, available with the new A4 and other cars in India and globally.      It has an LED ambient lighting strip that runs on the upper edge of the door trims and continues around the dashboard as well. It offers 10 different colour options.

Skoda Karoq

Like the recent Skodas, it gets a wide range of infotainment systems from the second generation of the VW Group’s Modular Infotainment Matrix. The systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It has Skoda’s Phonebox as well, which offers inductive wireless charging and couples the smartphone to the roof antenna. 

Like the Yeti, Skoda will offer the ‘VarioFlex’ rear seats as an option with which the boot space can be altered between 479 and 588 litres by sliding the seats backwards and forward. The seats can also be completely removed resulting in a loading capacity of 1,810 litres.

Engines

The Karoq will be available with five engine options – two petrol (1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI) and three diesel motors (1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI in two states of tune) – globally with power ranging from 115PS to 190PS. India is likely to get the new 1.5-litre TSI and VW Group’s regular 2.0-litre TDI unit. The former made its debut with the Golf facelift recently (not available in India) and puts out 150PS. Speaking of the transmission options, all of its engines can be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch automatic). The Karoq also features five drive modes: Normal, Sport, Eco, Individual and Snow (4x4) modes. There's an Off-Road mode as well. 

Stay tuned to CarDekho for more updates on the Skoda Karoq.

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v v suresh reddy
Jul 28, 2017 2:22:26 PM

that's awesome and simply stunning and elegant... But very sketical on the price to be economic..my gut feeling says this gonna be ~ 35L

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cardekho
Aug 1, 2017 8:27:26 AM

True. :) Rest, prices are not disclosed by the brand yet. Lets see how they're going to present in front of the customers.

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    abdul mohammed meera
    Jul 26, 2017 10:59:05 AM

    when will be the launch ?

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    cardekho
    Jul 26, 2017 12:33:00 PM

    There is no official communication as of now. Stay tuned for more wonderful updates.

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      anand dwarkanath tayade
      May 21, 2017 6:26:07 AM

      simply Magical ... would dream to own it ....

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      cardekho
      May 22, 2017 1:27:51 PM

      We hope that your dreams come true :)

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