To our surprise, it's more than just a mini Kodiaq.
To ease the wait until the full debut set for next Thursday in Stockholm, Skoda has decided to drop a series of semi-revealing images with its brand new compact crossover. While we’re sad to see the Yeti go, we do appreciate the Czech automaker’s effort to distance the new Karoq from its bigger brother, the Kodiaq. Ok, maybe the differences are not that significant, but some of us were already getting used to the idea of a Kodiaq built on a 75-percent scale.
From what we are able to see so far, the upper headlights are wider than those of the Kodiaq while the lower ones have been reshaped as well. At the back, the LED taillights are also rocking a new look and extend only onto to the upper area of the electric trunk lid. Indeed, these are subtle changes and the Yeti’s funkiness is no more, but even so the Karoq is already shaping up to be a compelling offer in this hugely competitive segment.
Stepping inside the cabin, we get to see an all-digital instrument cluster representing a premiere for Skoda along with an electric parking brake and those glossy black bits that only look good in press images. Needless to say, the Karoq is getting Skoda’s latest crop of infotainment systems with a glass design as seen in the facelifted Octavia and the Kodiaq. LED ambient lighting is also noticeable in the adjacent teaser and will be available in 10 different colors.
Gallery: 2018 Skoda Karoq camouflaged prototype
The VW-owned automaker from Mladá Boleslav is illustrating a model equipped with an all-wheel-drive system and a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic gearbox, but customers will also be able to get a cheaper Karoq with a FWD setup and a manual transmission. Two gasoline and three diesel engines are going to be offered, including the group’s new 1.5 TSI Evo.
As one would expect from a Skoda, the Karoq will offer plenty of space inside the cabin. The trunk will be able to swallow 521 liters with the rear seats in place and a massive 1,630 liters after folding them down. Should you need even more hauling capabilities, the rear seats can be individually removed to boost cargo capacity to a maximum 1,810 liters after taking all three out to turn the vehicle into a van.
Following its debut on May 18, the Skoda Karoq will go on sale in Europe in the second half of the year.
Gallery: 2018 Skoda Karoq teaser
First close-up pictures of the ŠKODA KAROQ: Expressive design for the new compact SUV
Design: KAROQ is the latest representative of the new ŠKODA design language
› Technology: Full-LED headlights optional, LED tail lights as standard
› Interior space: largest boot capacity amongst the competition
› Practicality: optional VarioFlex rear seats make the interior even more variable
› Strategy: with the KAROQ, ŠKODA continues to rigorously push the SUV campaign
› World premiere: launch of the new compact SUV on 18 May in Stockholm
Shortly before its world premiere, the Czech car manufacturer provides a first look at the new compact SUV ŠKODA KAROQ. ŠKODA’s new, emotive and dynamic SUV design language is easily recognisable. The ŠKODA KAROQ has a striking character and features crystalline elements that demonstrate power and robustness as well as elegance. The larger dimensions significantly enhance the ride comfort for the occupants and add to the boot’s capacity.
The new ŠKODA KAROQ’s emotive and dynamic design with numerous crystalline elements is a true representation of the new ŠKODA design language. The front section captivates with a striking, three-dimensional design. The radiator grille, framed by a chrome trim, has vertical double slats and creates the trapezoidal cross section that is typical of ŠKODA SUVs.
The design of the headlights is inspired by the rich traditions of Bohemian glass art. The crystalline cut of the full-LED headlights and the eight light strips that make up the ‘eyelashes’ create a unique lighting pattern. The large ŠKODA logo takes pride of place on the bonnet.
LED technology is also used for the tail lights. The tail lighting with LED technology includes the rear lights, brake lights and fog lights. The design concept also features narrow, raked tail lights, the outer segment of which is embedded in the side frames, while the inner segment is integrated into the tailgate. The tail lights form the ŠKODA-typical ‘C’ shape.
The compact SUV is 4,382 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,605 mm high. The long wheelbase measuring 2,638 mm (all-wheel-drive version: 2,630 mm) gives the ŠKODA KAROQ a comfortable stance on the road and provides an indication of the generously proportioned interior.
The ŠKODA brand represents an exceptional overall package. The new ŠKODA KAROQ is no exception. The boot has a capacity of 521 l with the rear seats in place. This increases to 1,630 l with the rear seats folded down. In combination with the optional VarioFlex rear seats, the boot space is variable and can hold between 479 and 588 l.
The VarioFlex system consists of three separate rear seats, that can be adjusted and completely removed individually –turning the SUV into a van with a maximum loading capacity of 1,810 l.
The interior exhibits newly designed dashboard divided into a tall upper and narrow lower section – a separation that is particularly noticeable in the large decorative areas on the passenger side. The door trims continue this design approach.
Bold vertical elements influence the ŠKODA KAROQ’s design. The four large air vents sit vertically, and the middle two flank the in-car monitor. The LED ambient lighting is a further highlight in the generously sized interior. Ultra-slim lighting strips are located on the upper edge of the four door trims and continue around the dashboard. The driver can control the brightness of the illumination, which can be set to one of ten different colours.
As part of the ŠKODA 2025 future strategy, the brand will be rigorously pushing the expansion of its model range in the coming years. The focus will be on expanding the SUV portfolio in particular. With the launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, a new large SUV was introduced to the international markets only recently. With the introduction of the ŠKODA KAROQ, the company is now setting the next milestone. The new compact SUV will be celebrating its world premiere on 18 May in Stockholm. Its market launch will follow in the second half of 2017.